Otavalo in Ecuador, Chopo in México, Chichicastenango in Guatemala or El Rastro in Spain are just a few examples of popular markets all over the Spanish-speaking world that sell everything from fresh produce and clothes to local art and are an integral part of the cultural life. Click play to learn more about these mercados!
Each year at the end of August people from all over the world gather in Spain for a fun and intense tomato battle known as “La Tomatina”. Click play to listen to the peculiar history of this popular event!
The popular word “chevere” can be heard all over Latin America, but do you know what it means or where it comes from? Click play to learn all about it!
Quechua is an indigenous language family spoken primarily in the Northern and Central Andes and highlands of South America. Best known as the language of the Inca Empire, Quechua has evolved and survived years of social and political changes and it continues to thrive today, even making its way into mainstream, modern Spanish. Click…
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!