This photo gallery highlights some of the top images last week by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Italian dancers in Colombia's capital amazed watchers as they appeared to float in the air with their performance "From Hell to Paradise. Trips of the Soul." Bogota also hosted its annual gay pride parade.
Elsewhere in Colombia, a farming family was shown as the make a humble living with their coca crop in the country's hot, misty mountains. They said they make about $900 for each kilogram of coca paste, which fetches thousands of dollars in the U.S. and Europe after it's turned into cocaine.
Striking teachers got support from a passing motorist as they marched through Mexico City. Police shields seemed to be covered in blood, but it was red paint thrown by protesters.
Also in Mexico's capital, a 24-year-old endangered western lowland gorilla named Bantu died of a heart attack as he was being prepared for transfer to another zoo. High definition digital X-ray technology gave Mexican researchers their first glimpse of the interior of a centuries-old, life-size Roman Catholic reliquary of St. Felicitas of Rome.
In Venezuela, a girl posed for photos holding a weapon larger than she was after a military parade marking independence day.
Some Bolivians are drinking fresh donkey milk during the raw winter in the belief it fights colds, asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia, though there is scientific research to support that.
After becoming the world's murder capital last year and posting an equally bloody start to 2016, El Salvador saw its monthly homicide rate fall by about half.
Brazilian fishermen protested pollution in Guanabara Bay as officials acknowledged a real cleanup of the body of water in Rio de Janeiro bay will take 20 years.
In Argentina, people forced their way into the news cooperative Tiempo Argentino and beat a security guard, destroyed furniture and damage its server.
This photo gallery was curated by photo editor Leslie Mazoch in Mexico City.
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