20 Facts about Latin America you might like to Know

Written by on 09/12/2020

Latin America is the most urbanised continent in the world with almost 80% of its citizens living in cities. Mambo, salsa, cha-cha-cha, rumba and tango dances all come from Latin America.

You may have heard very little about Latin America in history class beyond the Maya, Aztecs, and Incas.

For some reason, the region’s current issues, events, and rich culture have been left out of high school history curriculums, newspapers, and perhaps our daily thoughts. But understanding Latin America, or at least knowing more about the region is crucial to understand a little bit more about the world.

Here are some interesting facts about Latin America you might like to Know.

  • Angel Falls in Venezuela is one of the largest waterfalls in the world with a height of almost 1 kilometre.
  • Colombia produces more than 90% of the world’s emeralds.
  • Mexico City sinks ten inches every year! With a growing population consuming more and more groundwater, the city and it’s buildings are slowly going under.
  • Bolivia was the first country to get rid of McDonalds.
  • The Andean Highlands of Peru grow more than four thousand varieties of potatoes, of all sizes, shapes, and colours.
  • The official name of for Mexico is the United Mexican States.
  • The oldest university in North America is the National University of Mexico.
  • The Amazon spans eight countries – Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana.
  • Rio de Janeiro carnival is the world’s largest street festival.
  • 20% of the world’s oxygen is created from the Amazon jungle.
  • There are 77 un-contacted tribes living in the Amazon Jungle.
  • There are over 20 million inhabitants in Sao Paulo making it one of the world’s largest cities.
  • The highest mountain in South America is Argentina’s Aconcagua and stands at over 6,961metres high.
  • The world’s most southerly city is located at the tip of Argentina and is called Ushuaia. It has around 55,000 inhabitants.
  • Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and straddles both Peru and Bolivia.
  • Costa Rica has been ranked as the happiest country in the world.
  • Asia is Latin America’s second largest trading partner after the United States.
  • Ecuador was the first country in the world to give nature constitutional rights and can be defended in court.
  • After the Antarctic, the Atacama Desert in the north of Chile is considered the world’s driest desert.
  • Darwin came up with his theory of evolution while visiting the Galapagos Islands.

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