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Colombian singers Shakira (L) and Carlos Vives (R) ride bikes during the recording of the video for the song "La Bicicleta" in Puerto Velero, Barranquilla, Atlantico department on May 19, 2016.  / AFP / JOSE TORRES        (Photo credit should read JOSE TORRES/AFP/Getty Images)Una de las últimas canciones más populares de Shakira y Carlos vives menciona el “vallenato”, una música típica de Colombia. El vallenato tradicional se interpreta con tres instrumentos: la caja, la guacharaca y el acordeón.  Así dice la letra: “A tu manera es descomplicado, en una bici que te lleva a todos lados, un vallenato … Continuar leyendo
Hand painted ox cart in a park, Sarchi, Costa RicaIn Costa Rica, the tradition of decorating oxcarts started in the early twentieth century. Nowadays, the carretas remain a strong symbol of Costa Rica’s rural past and history. Costa Ricans are proud of this traditional art: there are even creative carreta contests! Read more and watch the short documentary video “Oxherding and oxcart traditions in … Continuar leyendo
Meet Our Characters

Tonight I became a MONSTER! No, I didn’t change into a zombie or get bitten by a werewolf, but I did participate in one of the wildest music festivals I’ve ever been to in my life. Every year, in Viña del Mar, Chile, there is a music festival/singing competition. How it works is a band […]

Today we went to Mitad del Mundo. It’s a place that marks where the equator crosses through Ecuador. It’s a pretty place. There’s a huge sundial in the middle of the grounds, and there’s the line marking the equator leading up to the sundial. There weren’t that many people there today, but it did seem […]

Ecotourism

I learned a valuable lesson in ecotourism today. I thought it was all about doing sports in a natural environment so whenever I went white-water rafting or four-wheeling, I was participating in ecotourism.  But those are just outdoor sports; they are a part of ecotourism, but that’s not all of it. Ecotourism is much more […]

Darién Gap

Most of us are familiar with the Pan-American Highway. It is a series of roads that stretch from the tip of Alaska (Fairbanks) to very bottom point of Argentina (Ushuaia). When it’s completed, it will be over 20,000 miles long. But the part that I didn’t know is that the highway isn’t complete. There’s this […]

It took 10 years to build, and I was hoping they took their time and got it right because I am terrified of water. Somehow the group convinced me to take a ride on this huge cruise ship so we could see how the canal worked.

Diana and Rita

Relationship:

Aunt and Niece

Ages:

15 and 29

Origin:

Lawrenceville, NJ

Team Motto:

There is no I in TEAM. "We have been to all kinds of Latin restaurants along the east coast. From Maine to Florida, we've eaten at restaurants that are famous—and not so famous! Imagine how many more flavors we will taste around the world."

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Tim and Mack

Relationship:

Grandfather and Grandson

Ages:

15 and 62

Origin:

San Fracisco, CA

Team Motto:

Be the change you want to see in the world. "Traveling and meeting nwe people is what interests us most about these challenges. Now we can do both! And Spanish will help us in our travels throughout the Americas."

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Tess and Patricia

Relationship:

Mother and Daughter

Ages:

16 and 47

Origin:

San Antonio, TX

Team Motto:

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade! "We are nature lovers, and we enjoy animals, the outdoors, ans discovering rare species. Thankfully, we can share in theses adventures together. We can't wait to discover all the new places and animals our desafíos have to offer."

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Andy and Janet

Relationship:

Brother and Sister

Ages:

17 and 25

Origin:

Atlanta, GA

Team Motto:

Work hard, play hard! "Many of our favorite Latino artists have CDs in Spanish as well as in English. We would love to learn Spanish better to be able to sing all of their songs. Our mom, the music teacher, would be so proud."

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Eva and Ethan

Ages:

17 and 18

Hometown:

Chula Vista, CA

Interests:

technology, science, writing, guitar

Description:

Eva started learning Spanish in middle school, but Ethan didn’t start until 10th grade, They both love the language, though, especially Hispanic literature. After they graduate, they can’t wait to travel to all the places they’ve read about.

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Daniel and Michelle

Ages:

17 and 17

Hometown:

Tallahassee, FL

Interests:

traveling, art, cooking

Description:

Daniel is Mexican-American, and he grew up hearing Spanish at home, but he didn’t start studying it until two years ago. Now he loves learning about other Hispanic cultures, especially by trying the food! Michelle started her study of Spanish just a few years ago, but she has learned very quickly. She wants to study art history, and she dreams of being a curator at the Prado or the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid.

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Asha and Lucas

Ages:

16 and 17

Hometown:

New York, NY

Interests:

music, soccer, nature, basketball

Description:

After living in many parts of the world, Ethan knew a little bit of Spanish when he started studying it in the 8th grade. He wants to use his Spanish skills while working as an engineer specializing in sustainable development in Latin America. Asha has been studying Spanish since kindergarten, and every year she travels to Guatemala to do a service project in rural areas.

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Andy, Tess, Diana and Tim

Ages:

15, 16 and 17

Description:

"They are the Fans del Español veterans, they have been all over and will be advising the current characters on their own adventures, see their Bios on the Countries and Regions characters page."

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