Every week, VIVA Travel Guides will be bringing you a rundown of the biggest, most important events in Latin America.
Monday, September 20th: Fiestas Patrias, Santiago, Chile
Today is the end of the four-day weekend marking the bicentennial of Chile’s independence. Major events are planned in Santiago, specifically in Parque Alberto Hurtado and the Estadio Nacional.
Tuesday, September 21st: Independence Day, Belize
Parties can be found just about everywhere in the country, as Belize celebrates its independence from the United Kingdom.
Wednesday, September 22nd: Al Trabajo en Bici, Montevideo, Uruguay
Wednesday is Car-Free Day, celebrated in many cities around the world. In Montevideo, workers and students will be encouraged to bike to work. Cyclists will gather at the Monumento al Gaucho at 6 pm.
Thursday, September 23rd: Autumn Equionox, Chichen Itza, Mexico
The Maya mastery of astronomy and architecture becomes most apparent in Chichen Itza on the first day of autumn. On this day, thousands gather to watch the sun cast the long shadow of a serpent on the flank of the main pyramid.
Friday, September 24th: La Semana del Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina
This is the last night of this annual festival, which highlights the best of Buenos Aires’ ever-expanding art scene. Gallery nights, museum tours and other activities are on offer all week. Check out the festival’s Spanish-language website for more info.
Saturday, September 25th: South American Music Conference, Quito, Ecuador
One of Latin America’s most important house and electronica events swings through Quito this year. The highlight of SAMC 2010 is a concert Saturday night at Cemexpo, featuring DJs from around the region and headlined by Paul Oakenfold.
Sunday, September 26th: VIVA Travel Guides Boot Camp, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
VIVA editors head to beautiful Tamarindo to give a crash course on how to be a travel writer, from September 26th-October 1st. For more information about applying, check here.