Guyana, one of South America’s poorest countries, struck oil. Will it go boom or bust?

Today, Guyana is one of South America’s poorest countries, with an average per capita annual income of around US$4,000. But within the decade, it could be among the richest. In 2015, ExxonMobil and its international partners discovered vast oil reserves off the Caribbean coast of this small country. By 2018, five new wells will be pumping out 120,000 barrels of Guyanese crude daily. Deep-water surveys...

The New South America

Latin America is taking giant leaps towards becoming a global superpower. Treasury Ministers Rodrigo Valdés and Nicolás Dujovne from Chile and Argentina respectively highlighted the importance of advancing towards the process of regional integration in order to the strengthen both economies. The most important topic, they denoted, is how both nations will continue to lead its own international alliance...

How Lima shed its dangerous reputation to become South America’s greatest city for food

I’d never have thought cows’ hearts could look so appetising. The meat was rich, textured like tongue and a bit chewy. The overboiled spuds reminded me of childhood Sunday dinners. The glass of chicha morada, a purple corn beverage, was comforting, like cough mixture. The venue, El Tio Mario – Uncle Mario’s – was an upmarket canteen, functional, family oriented, the décor just a bit too...

Cityscapes and desert escapes in Chile

I’ve been warned to take care in Santiago. There are muggings, locals say. But from where I sit by the window of my restaurant in inner-city Lastarria, no one sashaying by looks shifty. I want their swagger, their dress flair, to parade before shop windows adoring my reflection. After dessert, I shift to the roof-top bar of my hotel, The Singular Santiago, where the city’s bold and beautiful...

Bolivia 1st in Education Investment in South America: Report

Bolivia is only behind Cuba in Latin America in terms of funds dedicated to public education. Bolivia holds the first place in public investment for education across South America, according to a new report. “Bolivia in South America is the first country with the best investment in education and in Latin America is the second, after Cuba,“ Education Director of Tarija Eudal Tejerina said. According...

Did early Easter Islanders sail to South America before Europeans?

Nearly 2000 kilometers from its nearest neighbor in the Pacific Ocean, Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, seems an unlikely crossroads for the world’s cultures. But in recent years, some scientists have argued that the island’s first inhabitants—Polynesians who settled there by 1200 C.E.—may have sailed all the way to South America and back, making contact with Native Americans long before...

2 super airlines are fighting for supremacy over the skies of South America

Through a series of mergers, two super airlines have emerged in South America. Avianca is a major player in the northern part of the continent. Latam is dominant in the south. Both are vying for supremacy in Brazil. Over the past couple of decades, consolidation and bankruptcies have reshaped the airline industry in North America. Historic brands such as TWA, Continental, Northwest, and US Air have...

South America’s extreme vineyards

The intoxicating landscape of South America is diverse and extreme, says Alistair Cooper in this months magazine. Find out some of the most extreme vineyard sites… It is home to the world’s longest mountain range, the largest river and the driest desert. It is this thrilling playground that is host to a growing band of intrepid winemakers who are stepping into the unknown in the pursuit of...

Get crafty and colourful with South American interiors

Casita Andina is a restaurant that wants to transport you to the foothills of the Andes. The Peruvian picantería not only serves some of London’s finest ceviche, but goes the extra mile on the interiors, with textiles made by traditional Andean weavers, folky tin-framed mirrors and a turquoise-walled patio hung with terracotta pots. The trend for Latin American flavours has found a place in homeware,...

South America distributes half of the missionary books of the world

On Saturday, May 27, a great movement of Adventists delivered millions of missionary books in eight South American countries. For Seventh-day Adventists in South America, May has became known as the month for the Impact Hope project. This project reached its tenth edition May 27, with an active participation of 2.5 million members who distributed more than 20 million free copies of the book Em Busca...