The Cultural Landscape of Latin America

The cultural landscape is the man made environment of a place. It is characterized by things such as the style and organization of buildings, the layout of cities, the materials used in construction, the language used on signs, and the types of human made constructs that are in a certain area.

The Latin American cultural landscape includes:
Very high population density in the cities. Houses are build very close together, with one almost literally on top of the other.

In rural areas, the houses are much smaller and spaced out on the agricultural land.

Since the Roman Catholic religion is so dominant, churches also dominate the cultural landscape. They reflect a lot of classical Spanish architecture because they were built mostly by Spanish missionaries after the rise of the conquistadores.

Town squares, or plazas, are important centers for commerce and social events and are a major tradition in Latin American cultural landscapes.