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Central and South America - Expo Shanghai 2010

Central and South America at the Exhibition Expo Shanghai 2010
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The Central and South American pavilion consists of Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Bolivia Pavilion

Films, interactive multimedia videos, exhibits and images interpret the idea of the good life of Bolivians: luxury and purity are both the essence of nature and life, their symbiosis and contrast unfolding the plurality of our world. The pavilion is composed of the following areas:
"History", "Nature", "Circular screen corridor", "Trade" and "Culture".

- History" presents the historical themes of Bolivia through three touch screens.

- Nature" shows you the ecological environment of the country through artificial landscapes and multimedia.

- The circular screen will show the thematic film "I lend you the Earth".

Costa Rica Pavilion

Located at the cultural meeting point between the Central and South American continents, Costa Rica possesses not only cultural diversity but also natural harmony.

By developing its tourism, trade, economy and society, it maintains a good ecological balance. The Pavilion has taken as design elements stone balls that represent the particular culture of the first aborigines. Peace, industrial investment, education and the environment will be the four main themes of the exhibition.

- Taste local specialities, including coffee, while enjoying the art of coffee making inside the pavilion.

- A variety of cultural activities, modern music concert, art exhibition, cocktail etc.

Dominican Republic Pavilion

Surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, the Dominican Republic is a tourist destination with over 100 holiday villages. The pavilion presents the development of tourism and civilization in the country as well as the efforts made to contribute to the economy and the creation of techniques, reinforcing the link between urbanization and the enhancement of the life of the inhabitants and advocating an original and intelligent tropical lifestyle.

- The pavilion has a western style.

- The photos and the documentary film give you the opportunity to get to know this country from different angles.

Ecuador pavilion

The pavilion, with its eastern dome, consists of the exhibition areas of "the centre of the world", "the islands", "the sea coast", "the Amazon" and "the Andes", which represent the geographical characteristics of Ecuador and show its charm based on the original diversity of its geography, nature, biology and culture.

- In the area of the islands, visitors can, with the help of a telescope, see the volcanoes of the Galapagos Islands, special species such as turtles, flamingos and lizards.

- The 360° circular screen cinema shows you the joyful and colourful Ecuador.

- You can participate in folkloric games to experience Ecuadorian joy.

El Salvador Pavilion

The pavilion has been given a primitive style, a "burning volcano" stands in the middle of the pavilion, this is the biggest feature of the "volcano country".

Demonstrations of the "volcano", sales of coffee and art objects, LED video area etc., show you the volcanic geography, an ancient culture and the efforts of the Salvadorans to lead a better life, while taking advantage of their rich thermal and water resources.

- In the "volcano" area, a huge "volcano" supported by steel structures, the scene of the erupting volcano mouth is presented with the effects of membrane structures and chandeliers.

- Handicrafts, porcelains, textiles etc., a demonstration of a simple way of life inherited from the very ancient Maya culture.

- Inside the "Volcano", visitors can taste and buy high quality coffee grown in the volcano soil of El Salvador.

Guatemala Pavilion

Visitors can learn more about the diversity of Guatemalan civilisation, modern city management and research into the future way of life, through the exhibition based on the long history of this country. The recently recovered Mirador pyramid will also be presented on this occasion.

- The dances show the evolution and development of folk art.

- Visitors are invited to taste cocoa, coffee, sweets and wine which play a very important role in the history, daily life and trade of the country.

Honduras Pavilion

The Honduran town of Copan in northern Central America is world famous for its Mayan ruins, which were one of the religious and political centres of the ancient Maya and the site of the oldest and largest ruins in the Mayan civilisation. The pavilion is concise and atmospheric, the Mayan culture of the Copan ruins site are the main design elements: two rock columns at the stone door with human head figures
The pavilion is concise and atmospheric, the Mayan culture of the Copan ruins site are the main design elements: two rock columns at the stone door with human heads from the Copan ruins site, an imitation of the red Mayan shrine in the centre of the pavilion, with attractive veins and high-relief.

- The interior floor of the pavilion is divided into green and blue, signifying that Honduras is a country by the sea.

- Visitors will be able to learn more about this beautiful country with the photos of Honduran customs and costumes on the interior wall of the pavilion, highlighted by palm trees.

Nicaragua pavilion

The particular landscapes of lakes and volcanoes give an ancient and mysterious colour to this country. The scene surrounded by watercourse looks like an island covered with grass. The presentation tells about the love to the present life of Nicaraguans wishing to create a new century after having suffered a long time of social upheaval.

- The water screen wall shows you a beautiful landscape of the waterfall.

- Music, culture, traditional dance and handicrafts make you experience the enthusiasm and hospitality of the Nicaraguans.

Panama Pavilion

The blue and green coloured pavilion is based on the model of the Panama Canal to show you a modernised city. You can admire the landscapes along the canal, learn about Panama's efforts to build a better city.

- Manufactured according to the transformed canal, the model can simulate the opening of ship gates.

- The water screen wall depicts the real operation of the Panama Canal, whose mission is to connect the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.

- In the LED area a video is projected on the current circumstances and local customs of Panama.

Uruguay Pavilion

Arranged as a city centre square, the pavilion combines metropolitan life with attractive landscapes. Typical art objects, photos and videos reflect the successful building of a modern city, a comfortable environment and a quality life provided by the national education of Uruguayans who are constantly pursuing the sustainable development of the economy and human sciences.

- The exhibition shows Uruguay's progress in various fields, such as the universalization of innovative science and technology, the Internet and telecommunications, the construction of advanced logistic infrastructure, education, the energy matrix, economic growth and social justice.

- Uruguayan artists are ready to show you local performances.

- Visitors can rest on site.

©Official Guide - Expo 2010 Shanghai China