A farmer made front pages in Mexico when he immolated himself to demand the release of his father, an indigenous leader in Chiapas state arrested last year on charges stemming from demonstrations in 2011 that turned violent.
Elsewhere in the region last week, Peru's police hacked open 11 tons of seized drugs with machetes before burning it on the outskirts of Lima.
Cosplay fans in Brazil got a chance to show off their costumes at Sao Paulo's first Comic Con Experience. Meanwhile, a man dressed as Santa Claus rode the city's subway and posed for pictures with commuters.
Mexicans staged another demonstration to demand the government do more in the case of 43 college students who disappeared at the hands of police in a southern city more than two months ago.
Anti-government protesters also were on the streets in Haiti, including one demonstrator who used his teeth to kill a rooster during a voodoo ceremony.
Experts measured the decreasing thickness of ice on Peru's Pastoruri glacier, one of many in the Andean country where glaciers have lost more than a fifth of their mass in three decades. That is putting at risk people who depend on glacial runoff for hydropower and for crop irrigation, such as women herding sheep to nearby Huaraz village.
In Ecuador, a youth performed some fancy moves for leaders attending a regional summit.
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This gallery was curated by photo editor Leslie Mazoch in Mexico City.