My fiancée and I are planning our honeymoon at the moment. After weeks of looking at brochures we’re no closer to booking anything, but I have become pretty familiar with how Latin American countries sell themselves to tourists. The pitch generally goes something like this: “[insert country name] is a land of contrasts. A long coastline is set against some of the world’s highest mountains, while the interior has vast swathes of jungle/desert/wilderness to explore.” It’s not that they’re lying. Indeed nearly every Latin American country I’ve ever been to has spectacular landscapes. But for those competing for the tourist dollar, so do all their neighbours, unfortunately.