AP Week in Photos: Latin America and the Caribbean

In the Dominican Republic, Haitians and migration were key topics in the election conversation. Meanwhile, Argentine President Javier Milei showcased his unconventional side by performing hard rock at a promotional event for his new book in Buenos Aires. In Mexico, a severe heatwave has led to the tragic deaths of howler monkeys in the Gulf Coast state of Tabasco, with some being rescued by locals and taken to a veterinarian. Despite the extreme conditions, life goes on in bustling cities like Buenos Aires, where commuters faced a sudden 360% increase in subway fares as part of the government’s austerity measures.

In response to the difficult conditions in Venezuela, immigrants, particularly Venezuelans, have sought solace in baseball in Peru. Five baseball academies have been set up in the capital city of Lima, providing a sense of community and belonging for those looking to escape the turmoil in their home country. This shift highlights the resilience and adaptability of displaced populations in finding new ways to connect and thrive in unfamiliar environments. In Colombia, a porcupine receives treatment for an injured paw at a wildlife center, showcasing the efforts being made to protect and care for the diverse wildlife in the region.

Music and culture also play a significant role in the region, with events like the Tecate Emblema music festival in Mexico City featuring performances by popular artists like Argentine singer Lali Esposito. In Brazil, the Cavalhadas festival in Pirenopolis celebrates a centuries-old tradition brought by Portuguese priests to commemorate historic victories. These cultural celebrations serve as a reminder of the rich heritage and traditions that continue to shape communities across Latin America and the Caribbean. In Venezuela, opposition leader Maria Corina Machado joins the campaign for presidential candidate Edmundo Gonzalez Urrutia, showcasing the ongoing political developments in the country.

The diverse landscapes and wildlife in Latin America are also on display, with images capturing the beauty of the region’s natural environment. From the bustling streets of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic to the tranquil rural community of Tocaima in Colombia, each photo offers a glimpse into the daily lives and experiences of people living in these areas. The selection of images curated by AP photo editor Jon Orbach highlights the talent and dedication of visual journalists capturing the essence of Latin America and the Caribbean. As these stories unfold, it becomes clear that the region is a dynamic tapestry of culture, politics, and nature that continues to evolve and inspire.