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Road trip through Latin America: FRANCE 24 in Spanish celebrates first birthday

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As FRANCE 24’s Spanish-language channel celebrates its first anniversary this week, we bring you a series of reports from across Latin America, vignettes gleaned from an 11,000km road trip from Tijuana, Mexico, to Ushuaïa, Argentina.

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In seven exclusive dispatches, our team of reporters bring you stories from Mexico, Panama, Colombia, Peru, Chile and Argentina, delivered in FRANCE 24’s four languages – English, French, Arabic and Spanish.

In this first installment, Andrew Hilliar reports from the Mexican border wall in Tijuana and meets with migrants deported from the United States.

'Pinky promises' in Tijuana: Separated families at the Mexico-US border

Part two takes us to Mexico's chaotic and vibrant capital, where local artists, architects and students guide FRANCE 24's reporter through the sprawling concrete jungle of one of the world's largest cities.

MEXICO CITY: A local take

In the third episode, we go behind the scenes at the Panama Canal, an astonishing feat of engineering that revolutionised the global shipping industry.

BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE PANAMA CANAL

Part four explores Colombia’s capital Bogota, home of FRANCE 24's Spanish-language channel, and an increasingly popular tourist destination since a historic peace deal in 2016 ended the country's decades-long conflict with FARC rebels.

BOGOTA: A RAPIDLY CHANGING CITY

Crossing into neighbouring Peru, episode five takes us to the capital Lima – a bustling city known for its rich patchwork of cultures – where local officials and residents are involved in a concerted effort to save the indigenous Quechua language from extinction.

Saving Peru's indigenous Quechua language

In episode six, we head to Chile and its port city of Valparaiso, whose surrounding hills are covered in rubbish. In August, Chile became the first Latin American country to introduce a ban on plastic bags to try to limit the environmental impact.

Chile’s plastic bag ban

And the final leg of our trip takes us down to the 'End of the World' in Ushuaia, Argentina. Our reporters meet Hector and his son Mariano, who are dedicated to protecting the natural biodiversity in the Tierra del Fuego. 

Argentina: Fighting climate change at the 'End of the World'

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