To start things off right at Thiago Castanho’s laboratory of Amazonian culinary revelations, take a sip of his signature cocktail, which blends cachaça, made from sugarcane, and jambu, an herb with analgesic properties whose flowers look like yellow and pink eyeballs. Sit back and let the jambu create a pleasant tingling sensation on the tongue.
The US has returned about 20 ancient artefacts - some more than 1,800 years old - to Peru.
Looming down on Cuba's young athletes as they train at the Pan American Stadium on the outskirts of Havana is a billboard with an image of Che Guevara and his famous words "Hasta la victoria, siempre" (Until victory, always).
Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has claimed he was thrown out of Argentina by state officials after being pelted with rocks.
The International Olympic Committee says it is satisfied with the progress made by the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro in its preparations for the 2016 Olympics.