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South American music festivals you shouldn`t miss

During the past years Central and South America have seen some of the biggest growth in the industry when it comes to new festivals and famous ones that are looking to expand.

If you are thinking of taking a vacation but you are not interested in spending time at a typical resort, Central and South America have seen some of the biggest growth in the industry when it comes to new festivals and famous ones that are looking to expand.

If you were looking for an excuse to get away, one of these might be it:

Rock al parque: It is a rock music festival that takes place in Bogotá, Colombia since 1995. In it you can experience the best of what Latin America rock has to offer by catching acts like Chilean thrash metal group Criminal, Mexican alt-rock quartet Café Tacvba, and Colombian funk rockers El Sie7e.

On average, around 50 bands take part in the three day festivities, though in some years that number has been as high as 80.

And the best of all? Entrance is completely, utterly free! The whole event is sponsored by the city council, so all you need to do is turn up and enjoy!

Universo paralello: It is definitely the heart of the Brazilian psytrance community and the most international festival in Brazil. The festival starts few days before NYE and ends few days later, on a stunning location at Praia de Pratigi, a hidden oasis on the Southern beaches of Bahia, Brazil.

The 10-day event features eight days of music across six stages; DJs and artists come from all over the world to revel in what the fest itself calls its annual celebration of “music, history, union and psychedelics.”

Much of Latin America is represented, with artists from Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Mexico, with other DJs and acts traveling from Europe and as far away as South Africa and Australia.

You can also find activities like slackline, yoga classes, juggling, drugs awareness, healing space, cinema & more. And there are a lot of art exhibitions and other interesting activities happening.

Vive latino: The 4-day festival, which began in 2000, is a massive annual rock, alternative rock, and Latin American music festival, that is held in Mexico City's Foro Sol, each spring between late March and early May. Apart from rock and Latin music, Vive Latino features ska and reggae acts, including bands with ardent followers like The Wailers, Fishbone, Skatalites, and Desmond Dekker.

Besides the main stage concerts, there are multiple other stages for music and cultural activities; street theater, slam poetry and dance performances.

The Ambulante Documentary Film Festival, founded by Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal, takes place in a large tent. It's become a part of Vive Latino in the last several years, and is a break from music and dancing.

The day after festival: Though it may have passed this year, it’s never too early to start thinking about next winter.

The Day After Festival is set for January 16-17-18, making it three days of pure excitement, and bliss with gorgeous Panamá City as your backdrop. It focuses on importing some of the biggest and best names in electronic dance music to the country, which might not normally appear on a tour schedule.

Each of the three days is packed with ten or so top DJs, such as Tiësto, Martin Garrix, Afrojack, and The Chainsmokers.

Estéreo Picnic: This festival, that took place between march 23rd to march 25th; and hosted huge artists as the strokes, catfish and the bottleman, vance joy, the weeknd, the xx, flume, martin garrix and wiz kahlifa; has become one of the most important dates on Colombia’s musical calendar in less than five years of existence.

What began in 2010 as a one-day event featuring eight mostly local bands has grown into a three-day extravaganza hosted in a huge field on the northern edge of Bogotá.

Also, it is more than just a music festival: the grounds include space for local designers to showcase their work, food stands, the latest in music technology and even a tent for one of the city’s most avant-garde hair salons.

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