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The most stunning pictures from the past week in Latin America

Updated : 2020-02-17 06:25:34

From llama racing in Ecuador to the street parties in Brazil, the continent witnessed an eventful week. This photo gallery highlights some of the top events in Latin America that were published in the past week.

Natacha Kovalenko of Russia trains at the Paraiso de Tuiuti samba school in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Kovalenko is part of the movement of foreigners who come to Brazil to train in the ways of hip swivelling and hot stepping, spending months at the samba schools that during Rio's world-famous Carnival will dance for more than an hour through Rio's 700-meter (2,300-foot) Sambadrome. After the parade, the outsiders return to their home countries and spread their samba fever. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Natacha Kovalenko of Russia trains at the Paraiso de Tuiuti samba school in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Kovalenko is part of the movement of foreigners who come to Brazil to train in the ways of hip swivelling and hot stepping, spending months at the samba schools that during Rio's world-famous Carnival will dance for more than an hour through Rio's 700-meter (2,300-foot) Sambadrome. After the parade, the outsiders return to their home countries and spread their samba fever. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Felix Girola rides his 11-foot tall, custom-made bicycle in Havana, Cuba. Ever since he was a child, Girola dreamed of riding tall bicycles. For the past 35 years he's been able to live his dream on the streets of Cuba, winding his way, in tall fashion, between pedestrians and classic cars. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Felix Girola rides his 11-foot tall, custom-made bicycle in Havana, Cuba. Ever since he was a child, Girola dreamed of riding tall bicycles. For the past 35 years he's been able to live his dream on the streets of Cuba, winding his way, in tall fashion, between pedestrians and classic cars. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Milena Jami races her llama to win first place in the 7 to 8-year-old age group, at the Llanganates National Park, Ecuador. Wooly llamas, an animal emblematic of the Andean mountains in South America, become the star for a day each year when Ecuadoreans dress up their prized animals for children to ride them in 500-meter races. The annual event is meant to draw attention to the park's high wetlands and the need to preserve them. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Milena Jami races her llama to win first place in the 7 to 8-year-old age group, at the Llanganates National Park, Ecuador. Wooly llamas, an animal emblematic of the Andean mountains in South America, become the star for a day each year when Ecuadoreans dress up their prized animals for children to ride them in 500-meter races. The annual event is meant to draw attention to the park's high wetlands and the need to preserve them. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
A man walks on a carpet of garbage accumulated along the banks of the Chillon River, below, and the Pacific Ocean, searching for items that can be reused or sold, in Callao, Peru. The Chillon River, which starts in the Andes mountains and connects to the Pacific Ocean, an important water source for the capital city is laden with pollutants. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
A man walks on a carpet of garbage accumulated along the banks of the Chillon River, below, and the Pacific Ocean, searching for items that can be reused or sold, in Callao, Peru. The Chillon River, which starts in the Andes mountains and connects to the Pacific Ocean, an important water source for the capital city is laden with pollutants. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
Soccer player Mara Gomez trains with first division Villa San Carlos women's soccer team, in La Plata, Argentina. Gomez is a transgender woman who is limited to only training with her team while she waits for permission to start playing from the Argentina Football Association or AFA. If approved, she would become the first trans woman to compete in a professional AFA tournament. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Soccer player Mara Gomez trains with first division Villa San Carlos women's soccer team, in La Plata, Argentina. Gomez is a transgender woman who is limited to only training with her team while she waits for permission to start playing from the Argentina Football Association or AFA. If approved, she would become the first trans woman to compete in a professional AFA tournament. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
A drag queen playfully sticks out his tongue during the
A drag queen playfully sticks out his tongue during the "Banda de Ipanema" street party in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Thousands have started attending the popular street parties, two weeks ahead of the world's famous carnival festival that begins on Feb 21. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Soldiers stand on the tarmac wearing protective suits, as they watch the arrival of Brazilians repatriated from Wuhan, China, the epicentre of a new virus, at the air force base in Anapolis, Brazil. Dozens of Brazilians landed early Sunday morning at the airbase in the Brazilian state of Goias, where they will spend the next 18 days in quarantine. (AP Photo/Beto Barata)
Soldiers stand on the tarmac wearing protective suits, as they watch the arrival of Brazilians repatriated from Wuhan, China, the epicentre of a new virus, at the air force base in Anapolis, Brazil. Dozens of Brazilians landed early Sunday morning at the airbase in the Brazilian state of Goias, where they will spend the next 18 days in quarantine. (AP Photo/Beto Barata)
Confetti showers Luis Arce, center, Bolivian presidential candidate for the Movement Towards Socialism Party referred to as MAS, and running mate David Choquehuanca, second left, during their opening campaign rally, in El Alto, Bolivia. Arce was named by exiled former President Evo Morales as his party's candidate for the upcoming May 3 presidential elections. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
Confetti showers Luis Arce, center, Bolivian presidential candidate for the Movement Towards Socialism Party referred to as MAS, and running mate David Choquehuanca, second left, during their opening campaign rally, in El Alto, Bolivia. Arce was named by exiled former President Evo Morales as his party's candidate for the upcoming May 3 presidential elections. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
Spoiled fruit and vegetables are strewn across the CEAGESP flooded complex in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Heavy rains brought Brazil's most populous city nearly to a halt on Monday with floods, mudslides and enormous traffic jams. Parts of the city received 100 mm (4 inches) of within three hours. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Spoiled fruit and vegetables are strewn across the CEAGESP flooded complex in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Heavy rains brought Brazil's most populous city nearly to a halt on Monday with floods, mudslides and enormous traffic jams. Parts of the city received 100 mm (4 inches) of within three hours. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
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