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4 Books to Read before you Visit South America

The Candy Machine1. The Candy Machine

Written by Tom Feiling

NON-FICTION: An absorbing read which explains the social, and political implications that cocaine has had on South American history. Examining the cultivation, distribution, and severe censorship of the drug; this novel is an excellent piece of journalism unveiling the complexities that run like electric currents under the feet of every wide-eyed traveler.


Che Guevarra Motocycle Diaries2. The Motorcycle Diaries

Written by Ernesto Che Guevara

TRAVEL MEMOIR: No other novel captures the energy of a South American Travel Adventure better than the young memoirs of revolutionary Che Guevara. The world around Che moves him, and his introspections guide his journey. He is getting lost in the many layers of his surroundings.


The Matter of Desire3. The Matter of Desire

Written by Edmundo Paz Soldan

CONTEMPORARY FICTION: Pedro is a Bolivian teacher at the New York State University, and becomes romantically involved with one of his students. A myriad of unanswered questions forces Pedro digging deep into the private and protected secrets of his father’s past. You as a reader witness the collision of cultures and identities.


One Hundred Years of Soliitude4. One Hundred Years of Solitude

Written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

CLASSIC LITERATURE: Gabriel Garcia Marquez puts Colombia on the map with his deep work of magical realism. The fictitious town of Macondo is the playground of his novel illuminating the intangible, mysterious air that most South America Travelers experience when traveling away from the main tourist destinations.

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