Pan-American Highway, National Geographic Book

A myriad of countries and cultural experiences are connected along the 10,000 mile portion of the Pan American highway that stretches through Latin America. Images of rural life in desolate areas contrasts the bustling, sophisticated cities in Mexico, Peru and Chile.

Cloistered nuns play a private game of kickball ball behind the walls of a Monastery in Arequipa, Peru. They pray nine times a day and live their lives in silence. During this short break, the novices spend time together in the garden.

Bustling Monterrey, Mexico, known as Sultan of the North, is a commercial mecca boasting the best of both modern and Spanish colonial art and architecture. Santiago, Chile, in the south presents a similar cosmopolitan vibe.

Celebrations are a vital part of …

Pan-American Highway, National Geographic Book

A myriad of countries and cultural experiences are connected along the 10,000 mile portion of the Pan American highway that stretches through Latin America. Images of rural life in desolate areas contrasts the bustling, sophisticated cities in Mexico, Peru and Chile.

Cloistered nuns play a private game of kickball ball behind the walls of a Monastery in Arequipa, Peru. They pray nine times a day and live their lives in silence. During this short break, the novices spend time together in the garden.

Bustling Monterrey, Mexico, known as Sultan of the North, is a commercial mecca boasting the best of both modern and Spanish colonial art and architecture. Santiago, Chile, in the south presents a similar cosmopolitan vibe.

Celebrations are a vital part of Latin life, from informal singing and dancing with family to preparations and the cemetery rituals during the Day of the Dead festival. Saturdays may bring a wedding feast in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec or a cowboy rodeo in rural Chile.

A modest yet rich life exists in the rural areas where families live communally, sharing traditions passed down through the generations.

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