The ever-popular and versatile Mexican tortillas are a staple of Mexican life and cuisine, and its recipe and preparation method has been passed down from generation to generation dating all the way back to the year 500 BC. Click play to learn all about this maize-based food and how it got its current name!
This passionate dance and music genre was born in the Dominican Republic out of the fusion of the Cuban bolero and other upbeat rhythms like the son, merengue, and -more recently- the reggaeton. Click play to learn more about its origins and sample this sensual rhythm.
Founded by German immigrants in 1843, the Venezuelan town of Colonia Tovar still preserves the appearance and carries on the traditions of a typical German village. Click play to learn about the first German settlers, the role of the Venezuelan government, and how two very different cultures have come together in Colonia Tovar.
Born in the 80’s out of the fusion between two Mexican music genres (the cumbia and the tecnobanda), the tecnocumbia quickly spread throughout all Latin America. Click play to learn all about its origins, signature instruments, and evolution!
La arepa is a Pre-Columbian, maize-based food that’s highly popular in both Venezuela and Colombia. Both countries have claimed and put their own stamp on the arepas, but what’s the story behind this delicious treat? Click play to learn all about it!
A perfect example of Spain’s rich history, this palace and fortress complex rose first to splendor during the rule of Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar, the first king of the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada. Click play to listen to the fascinating history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site!
The Guelaguetza celebration is a major cultural event in Oaxaca that combines indigenous and Christian traditions. Music, dancing, parades and a great variety of typical dishes are some of the main attractions of this popular Mexican fiesta. Click play to hear all about it!
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is visited by hundreds of tourists all-year long, but did you know that this trail is only a part of a 24,000-mile road system built by the Inca Empire? Click here to learn all about it!
One of the first music genres to be considered exclusively Cuban, the origins of the renowned “son cubano” can be traced to the country’s unique blend of ethnicities and cultures. Click play to learn all about this lively musical genre!
A prolific poet and journalist from Nicaragua, Rubén Darío is also considered the father of the literary Modernism movement in the Spanish-speaking world. Click play to learn more about his work and his impact in the literary world!
In this Colombian slice of paradise, music has a very prominent place, and no more so than the special variety of reggae that’s unique to this island. Click play to learn all about the African roots and artisanal instruments that help define San Andrés’ reggae.