How Much Do You Know About Latin America?

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Latin America is a patchwork of different cultures, beliefs, languages and backgrounds. Some of the facts about Latin America will be clear, while others will astound you. Let's separate the ignorant from the know-it-alls.

What is the smallest country in Central America?

El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America. It has a population of just over 6 million.

Rio de Janeiro is home to the world's largest ______.

Rio de Janiero, Brazil, is home to one of the world's largest street festivals. It's Carnival, of course! Well worth the trip.

What percentage of the world's oxygen is created in the Amazon Rainforest?

Did you know that 20% of the world's oxygen is created in the Amazon Rainforest? The Amazon Rainforest, or jungle, is located in nine different countries.

What does Costa Rica mean?

Costa Rica means "rich coast." It got its beautiful name thanks to the 800 miles of coastline between the Caribbean and Pacific coasts.

Colombia produces 90% of the world's _______.

Colombia produces 90% of the world's emeralds. Does that make Bogota the Emerald City? No.

How many people are in Latin America?

Latin America is made up of close to 600 million people. Latin America stretches from the Southern border of the U.S. to the Southern tip of South America.

True or False: Latin America includes the Caribbean.

It's true that Latin America includes the Caribbean. That's where all the pirates used to be! LOL!

Which of these languages is spoken in Latin America?

Latin America is so named because its inhabitants speak the Romance languages. These include Spanish, Portuguese and French.

In what country will you find Angel Falls?

Angel Falls is located in southeastern Venezuela. It's one of the largest waterfalls in the world.

What percentage of the Earth's land surface does Latin America cover?

Latin America covers 13% of the Earth's land surface. This extensive area is known for its rich culture and history.

Latin America is characterized by its _______.

Latin America is actually one of the most urbanized regions in the world. 80% of the people reside in cities.

Which of these breakfast staples is exported from Brazil?

Brazil is one of the world's largest exporters of coffee, sugar and orange juice. Thanks to Brazil, we get breakfast.

What was the first country in Latin America to legalize gay marriage?

Argentina was the first country in Latin America to legalize gay marriage. This was back in 2010.

How many indigenous tribes are still in the Brazilian Amazon?

There are still more than 70 indigenous tribes in the Brazilian Amazon. That's more uncontacted tribes than anywhere else in the world.

True or False: Mexico is sinking.

It is true that Mexico is really sinking. It sinks by about 10 inches each and every year.

Which dance comes from Latin America?

These are all dances that originated in Latin America. The list also includes the Rumba and the Tango.

Compared to its size, Latin America has the ______ coastline.

Compared to its size, Latin America has the shortest coastline of any continent. Asia is the continent with the longest coastline.

What is the official name of Mexico?

The official name of Mexico is actually the United Mexican States. Did they steal that from the U.S.? No, it's a free country.

Where is the oldest university in North America?

The oldest university in North America is actually located in Mexico. It's called the National University of Mexico.

How many countries does the Amazon River and its tributaries span?

The Amazon river and its tributaries flow through six different countries. These are Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil.

What is the largest city by population in Latin America?

Sao Paolo is the largest city by population in Latin America. Not only that, but it's also one of the largest cities in the world.

Where is the highest mountain in South America, Aconcagua, located?

Aconcagua is the tallest mountain in South America. it's located in Argentina, and stands nearly 23,000 feet tall.

Latin America is home to the world's most ______ city.

Latin America is home to the world's most southerly city. It's Ushuaia in Argentina, and it has about 60,000 inhabitants.

Costa Rica has been ranked the _____ country in the world.

Did you know that Costa Rica is ranked as one of the happiest countries in the world? Let's move to Costa Rica, y'all!

Darwin came up with his Theory of Evolution while visiting the _________.

Darwin came up with his Theory of Evolution while visiting the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos are part of the Republic of Ecuador.

During the rain season in Honduras, it rains ________.

During the heaviest part of the rain season in Honduras, it actually rains fish! This takes place between the months of May and June.

Bolivia got rid of McDonald's because they prefer ______.

Bolivia is a country that seriously loves their street food. They love it so much that they actually were the first Latin American country to get rid of McDonald's.

What country has won the most beauty titles compared to any other country in the world?

Venezuela has won the most beauty contests than any other country in the world. They have held this tradition for over 30 years.

Costa Rica has abolished its _______.

Costa Rica actually abolished their army in 1948. Since then, they remain army-free.

In Latin America, you're advised to ______ toilet paper.

In Latin America, you're encouraged to throw toilet paper in the trash rather than the toilet. The buildup of toilet paper causes plumbing problems, apparently.

In Latin America, what is true about many unfinished buildings?

In Latin America, when you see an unfinished building, there's a good chance that it's still going to be finished in the future. Rods are set up on top of the buildings to prepare for future additions.

What is the largest lake in South America?

Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America. It straddles both Peru and Bolivia.

Where is the Atacama Desert?

The Atacama Desert is located in the north of Chile. After the Antarctic Desert, it's considered to be the driest in the world.

What percentage of Latin America speaks Spanish as their first language?

60% of Latin America speaks Spanish as their first language. Portuguese is spoken by 34% of the population.

The "come here" hand gesture in the U.S. means what in Latin America?

Be careful not to use the typical hand gesture for "come here" when in Latin America. You may give someone some very romantic notions!

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