Latin America, Part 3

To be sure, Latin America has enormous challenges ahead. The region continues to be plagued with political instability, seen most noticeably in Venezuela’s recent economic meltdown. Violent crime fueled by drug cartels and social inequity overwhelms law enforcement and judicial systems in countries like Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Brazil and Colombia.

Corruption, rickety economics, environmental degradation, polluted cities with their sprawling slums, all are part of the story of Latin America. Yet, the contributions of Central and South America in terms of food and culture are with us everyday.  For example, consider Latin America’s profound contributions in terms of food. The tomato, the potato, bell peppers, chile peppers and corn, all originated here.

Or how about the immense natural history of Latin America? This is home to the world’s tallest waterfall, Angel Falls in Venezuela, and the biggest waterfall system in the world, Iguazu Falls, in Brazil and Argentina. Next – Part 4