And then there’s music, dance and literature. Imagine music without the contributions of Brazil, Mexico and Cuba. Where else could the tango have been invented but in Argentina? Latin America gave us the literary voices of Neruda, Garcia-Marquez, and Borges.
It’s hard to overstate Latin America’s reach. Mexican food is just slightly behind pizza and sushi in global ubiquity. Salsa rhythms and tango clubs have people dancing from Glasgow to Vladivostok. The audaciousness of Latin American art, with its ability to blend the aesthetic and the political, has inspired other such sensibilities around the world. Think of the way Che Guevara’s iconic likeness became the iconic symbol of revolutionary chic.
For me it’s still the hidden corners and little moments that tell the most interesting stories, and Latin America offers an abundance of both.