It’s nearly impossible to go anywhere in Colombia without hearing music or seeing people dancing, but the second weekend of September kicks that rhythm into another gear, offering not one, but two world-class events for jazz lovers traveling to Colombia; from the Andean interior to the Caribbean coast.
Photo: Natalie Southwick
As if there weren’t already enough happening in Colombia in August — with Bogotá’s Summer Festival, Medellín’s Flower Festival and the Petronio Álvarez celebration of Afro-Colombian music and culture in Cali – central Colombia’s favorite colonial town, Villa de Leyva, has to get in on the action with a colorful celebration of its own.
Photo: Jorge Gomez
I know August isn’t a popular month back where I’m from, but it’s my favorite month in Bogotá. For Bogotanos, there are generally only two seasons: if it’s sunny, it’s summer; if it’s raining, it’s winter. This can be intensely confusing for anyone who was taught that it’s impossible to have more than one season in a given day, but that’s generally how it works. Except in August.
In the Argentinian capital, the weather is cold – at least relatively speaking. July is the middle of winter in the southern hemisphere, the perfect time to seek out a cozy cup of tea and a little indoor entertainment.
Photo: Paul Silva
While it’s only recently received a nod from the international food community for its innovative dishes, creative ingredients and chefs who are committed to nothing less than perfection, Peru is (and has always been) a serious food country. Case in point – each September it hosts Mistura, South America’s largest and most popular food festival. This year half a million hungry food enthusiasts are expected to visit Costa Verde de Magdalena for the ten-day event which kicks off September 5.
Photo: Hugo Pardo Kuklinski
Brazil has its cachaça, Argentina has laid claim to Malbec, Peru and Chile are perpetually fighting over who has the “real” pisco, and we all know that Nicaragua and Cuba are the places to go for top-shelf rum. When it comes to cocktail hour, Colombia is often the forgotten stepchild, without a readily identifiable liquor to help define it on the world stage.
But just because Colombia hasn’t pioneered something with the popularity of the caipirinha or the pisco sour, that doesn’t mean this dance-crazy country doesn’t love its liquor. Does it ever.
Photo: Bridget Gleeson
Sunday marked the 28th birthday of the famous Feria de Mataderos. There was enough blue-and-white-frosted cake to feed everyone in the province of Buenos Aires. But that was just an excuse for us to drive out to the suburbs to feast on choripan and marvel at real-life gauchos on horseback.
We’re nearly there now. In just a few days, Brazil will kickoff the world’s biggest football tournament on home turf against Croatia in São Paulo and one of the greatest months of sport will be off and running. Will you be there? We sure will!
Photo: Sharon Hahn Darlin
It’s easy enough to fill your days in Santiago, with long walks, museums, views from one of two hills over the city, or even a nearby hike or day trip. But what about when night comes, and it’s time to make the most of it? Where should you go out in Santiago? Here’s a guide to four neighborhoods where Chileans and locals alike go to make merry in the evening and into the night. Beer, wine and pisco sours are optional.
Photo: Carlos Varela
If you’re visiting Santiago, Chile, and want to hear some local (or international) music, you’re in luck. You can choose from symphonic, jazz, blues, rock, indie, or traditional Chilean, in neighborhoods from Bellavista to Vitacura, and in settings as large as the 15,000-seat Movistar Arena, to standing-room-only for intimate concerts at places like the Centro Alameda’s El Living. And if you’d like to listen to music while you eat, you can do that, too.
Below are a list, of spots to check out for live music in Santiago, as well as tips on how to find your own.
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