Latin America Travel Journal

By Niko Mears

Guadalajara

Today I visited Guadalajara. It is a very industrial and economical city in Mexico. I learned that it is the biggest city in America. When I arrived over there, it looked very, very modern. There are many places to explore there because it's such a big city. The skyscraper and modern architecture make it look like Dallas or New York City. I'm here to talk about their economics. I did some research over there and found out that Guadalajara is so industrial because of foreign investment. In SS class, I learned that the North American countries established NAFTA. NAFTA is a system that eliminates all trading taxes between the North American countries. The US then took advantage of this by putting down manufacturing businesses in Mexico because of their low labor costs. Most of these where set up in Guadalajara. So the city then experienced and economic boom. This was a major benefit to both countries because the US gets to trade with and have manufacturing industries with someone in the same time zone and Mexico get paid large amounts of money compared to what they usually earn. The US then wouldn't have to go across the pacific ocean to trade and manufacture with China, because now they have a next door neighbor for that. While over there, I see so many major American industries producing goods there. I definitely had a lot of fun in Guadalajara. It's like the New York City of Mexico

Panama City

When I woke up from my nap on the plane, I looked down from my window and saw the beauty of Panama City. I saw its famous canal. Not only the canal but there was also a glistening ocean and tropical rain forests. When I got out of the airplane, I was greeted with a warm ocean breeze. They are very common here in Panama. It has a very warm climate as it is very close to the equator. Once I unloaded by bags in my hotel room, I decided to go scuba diving.


I was amazed at how many different species of fish exist here. They have been able to thrive here because of the very suitable climate. Then I went to the main at Panama City, the Panama Canal. I got to see the business it makes. I saw many American trade companies passing through the canal. The US built this canal for an easier route to the Pacific ocean in exchange for giving the independence from Colombia. I also noticed that the canal runs straight through the rain forest. So the tropical rain forest supplies the canal with water. Most of Panama's income comes from use of the canal.

It was a smart idea got the U.S. to build the canal here because it is a such a narrow piece of land.

Colombia

The first thing I saw when I landed in Colombia were the beautiful mountains. I landed in Medellin, one of Colombia's most industrial and urban cities. Almost all the people here speak Spanish. Good I can understand it!, Once I exit the gate, I am greeted by my grandparents. I say "Que Bien ver te!". That means good to see you. We drive to my grandparents house and we eat Colombian foods such as arepas and empanadas. Most people here in Colombia are Mestizos, which mean they are a mix of European and Native descent. My grandparents are Mestizos. I turn on the TV and zoom a whole bunsh of Colombian Channels. Colombia has also adopted many of the modern global pastimes. Many children love watching TV or modern music. I hear a lot here on the radio.


One day, I decide to take a road trip to Covenas, a coastal city to the west. This runs right through the Andes mountains. As I pass by all the small towns known as "Pueblos", people seem to have different behaviors and cultures. This is becuase the different people have been almost isolated from each other because of the mountains

or the branches of the Amazon River. This caused a strong diversity over time. When I get to Covenas, I am greeted by the hot sun and ocean breezes. People here are used to the warm weather and climate, so they darker skin. Colombia is a very diverse place.

Brasilia

For my last and final destination, I went to Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. I say goodbye to my grand parents and head from Medellin to Brazil. It is dark by the time I get there. I see the city lights glisten up the ground beneath me as my plane lands. It a spacious city, but not at all poor. I find a taxi and go to my hotel. On my way to the hotel, I notice that a lot of the American companies have set up here in Brasilia. Not only that but many of the BRAZILIAN government and commercial companies set up headquarters here. This interests me and I decide to do some research when I got to the hotel. I open up my laptop on my desk and browse the web.After reading the wiki, I found out that Brasilia has the 5th highest GDP in Latin America, and the 3rd in Brazil itself. It also has Brazil's largest per capita income. I was walking out one morning and noticed that a lot of Brasilia's industries are government controlled industries. This means that the government of Brazil is in charge of them. The government has used these industries to start non-polluting production of goods such as software, films, and videos. I also noticed that there are more people here than most Brazilian cities, or any Latin City for that matter. Brasilia is home to about 2.5 million people.

ALL these people pay and my commercial goods and give the city even more money.

Brasilia has a very strong economy and is a very modern city.