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Ancient Mayan Culture
The ancient Mayan civilization dates back to 3200 B.C. and was situated in what is now Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and part of Honduras. The Mayan people of Mesoamerica expressed their culture through their achievements in astronomy, mathematics, great palaces and temples, art, music and dance.

Ancient Tiahuanaco at Lake Titicaca
Thousands of years ago a highly sophisticated society created the great city of Tiahuanaco on the shore of Lake Titicaca. It is believed that the people of Tiahuanaca were the ancestors of the Incas and other cultures of South America. Tiahuanaco became the seat of a powerful pre-Columbian empire.

Brazil's Indigenous and Uncontacted People
When the first Europeans arrived they met semi-nomadic Native American tribes. The Portuguese were stunned by hundreds of thousands of natives thriving along the coast with an abundance of natural riches. They perceived the natives as noble savages living in harmony with the natural world.

Buenos Aires Fashion
Buenos Airesĺ unique mix of Latin and European culture has long been an attraction for artists and designers. It is no surprise that in such a rich artistic setting there are many Argentine fashion labels and designers of note.

Calaveras de Azucar - Sugar Skulls
The most important art form to emerge from the rituals of los D´┐Żas de los Muertos in Mexico are calaveras de azucar or sugar skulls. Here you will find a simple and inexpensive calaveras de azucar recipe so you may create your own Mexican folk art. Craft your own edible sugar skulls at home.

Chihuahua - Ancient Mexican Dog
Tiny and mute, the ancient Mexican chihuahua was revered by the Toltec and Aztec cultures of Mesoamerica as sacred. They sacrificed the yellow chihuahua to guide its master to the Toltec and Aztec idea of heaven. Sacrificing the red Chihuahua was believed to absorb its master's sins.

Chocolate - Ancient Drink of the Gods
Treasured by native Mesoamericans for thousands of years, chocolate is the most significant cultural gift from the New World. Cacao beans highly prized and endowed with magical and spiritual powers were originally used to make a chocolate drink for the most elite of Mesoamerican society.

Christmas in Argentina
The Christmas Season in Argentina is all about family and festivity. Families decorate their homes with Christmas trees and elaborate pesebres. The Christmas feast of carne a la parillada with salads and panettone illustrates the various multicultural influences.

Christmas in Brazil
Christmas in Brazil is celebrated enthusiastically with a focus on family, religious services, vibrant decorations, fabulous food and colorful customs derived from its blend of diverse ethnic cultures. Brazil has unique traditions for the holiday such as Las Pastores, and Amigos Secretos.

Christmas in Chile
In Chile, Christmas is primarily a religious holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus. It is a time for families to get together to enjoy each other, attend Christmas Eve mass, read passages from the bible reciting the birth of Jesus, and sing Villancicos Navidenos or Christmas carols.

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