The eyes of the world turned to Rio de Janeiro last week as the 2016 Olympics got underway. A huge display of fireworks shot into the sky from around the rim of the Olympic Stadium and dominated views across the city.
With the opening extravaganza out of the way, athletes began competing in the world's biggest sporting event to determine who is best. Amid the action, some suffered terrible injuries.
Elsewhere in Latin America, Colombia's special anti-narcotics police went after cocaine labs deep in the jungle, putting more than 100 out of commission.
Hundreds of people massed in Argentina's capital to prevent police from executing an arrest warrant for Hebe de Bonafini, president of the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo human rights group, who a judge wants to answer question in a corruption investigation.
In Ecuador, improvised bullfighters threw their capes at bulls in a revived tradition of having cattle run through the streets ending in a bullfight, influenced by the famous run of the bulls in the Spanish city of Pamplona.
Disabled "churros," or Mexican cowboys, took to the arena in a show of dexterity while competing in various rodeo events. In Cuba, a group of cattle ranchers in the town of Sancti Spiritus founded a group to revive Cuba's rodeo culture.
Butterflies congregated on the shore of an Amazonian river in Brazil to feed on mineral deposits.
This photo gallery was curated by photo editor Tomas Stargardter in Mexico City.
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