In the week that was in Latin America, an AP investigation disclosed that the water venues for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic games have dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage. The Rodrigo de Freitas Lake, which was largely cleaned up in recent years, was thought be safe for rowers and canoers. Yet AP tests found its waters to be among the most polluted for Olympic sites.
In Nicaragua, revelers celebrated the festivities of Managua's patron Saint, Santo Domingo de Guzman.
In Lima, Hussars handed over their horses in order to take a quick bathroom break during independence day celebrations. The Apache Star powerboat broke a record motoring from Florida to Cuba.
In Asuncion, Paraguay 10 protesters with their hands nailed to crosses and lips skewered with nails, went to the Ministry of Labor to demand their jobs as bus drivers back.
In Bolivia, offerings are made in honor of the "Pachamama," or Mother Earth, on the sacred La Cumbre mountain on the outskirts of La Paz.
Hundreds of houses in the Mexican city of Pachuca have been painted in bright colors in what organizers claim is the country's largest mural.
This gallery was curated by photo editor Tomas Stargardter in Mexico City.
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