The Garifuna Language, dance and music

Garifuna communities mainly live in Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Belize.  The Garifuna language is rich in stories (úraga). Their music and melodies have African and Amerindian influences and are usually accompanied by drums and dances. Although the language is still widely spoken, it is now taught in only one village.

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The traditional oxcart or carreta

In 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!

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Peru in one minute

peru_thumbPeru covers 496,225 sq mi of western South America. It borders Ecuador and Colombia to the north, Brazil to the east, Bolivia to the southeast, Chile to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Watch the following video about this fascinating South American country, a land full of contrasts and a country brimming with culture, legend, folklore and nature.

Actividades:

  • Watch the video and pay close attention to the images. If you had to find a slogan or tagline for the promotion or Peru, what would it be?
  • Write a short paragraph that could go along with the video to present Peru to a foreign visitor.
  • Do you like hiking? Why? Would you like to hike in the Peruvian Andes?

Guatemala and Instagram

guatemala_thumbAn original promotion of tourism in Guatemala…. Guatemala’s tourism board invited 12 of the world’s leading instagrammers to travel around the country and snap what they saw. The Instagram tour — the first of its kind in Central America — brought together leading instagrammers from U.S., Sweden, Latin America and Spain.

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Actividades:

  • What do you think about this idea to promote a country to young people?
  • What is the hash tag used for the road trip, and which places were visited?
  • Select your favorite picture from the article and describe it.

Ten incredible Spain locations for Game of Thrones

game_of_thrones_thumbSpain has been chosen again as the location for scenes in Game of Thrones season 7. Three regions of Spain will host Game of Thrones crews during October, November and December from the wind-swept Atlantic beaches of the north to impressive castles and Roman ruins of the west and south. Filming is set to start in Spain from October 2016.

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Actividades:

  • Do you like Game of Thrones? Why?
  • Take a look at the landscapes. Which one is more impressive and why?
  • Select one of the pictures and describe it.