This past week brought some age-old traditions to close out the year for Latin Americans.
On the outskirts of Peru's capital, neighbors gathered to settle their disputes in bare-knuckle fisticuffs at a gathering known as "Takanakuy" — which in the Quechua language means "beat each other up."
Other Peruvians paid visits to shamans to perform a ritual at the "Mercado de Deseos" hoping the ceremony will help them get their wishes.
A crowd estimated by police at 2 million crowded onto Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro to dance to music and watch fireworks light the sky on New Year's Eve.
In Buenos Aires, Argentines who lost loved ones in a 2012 train crash watched a live broadcast of a hearing on a screen set up outside court on the last day of a trial stemming from the disaster at the Once rail station. Two former transportation secretaries were convicted of criminal counts related to the accident, which killed 51 people and injured almost 800.
Also in Buenos Aires, the 2016 Dakar Rally got under way, drawing motor sports fans to watch the extreme cross-country race that will run for more than two weeks from Argentina to Bolivia.
This gallery was curated by photo editor Tomas Stargardter in Mexico City.
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