From the largest enchilada to the world’s highest suspension bridge to the most likes on Facebook, the region is ripe with record setters who go above and beyond the normal to have their names in the famed record book.
Menahem Asher Silva Vargas has spent nearly 15 years hoarding all things related to British author J.K. Rowling's young-adult wizard-fantasy series, which spawned eight blockbuster films. Guinness World Records officially recognized it as the world No. 1, at 3,097 pieces. The old mark was 807.
Honduras holds the world record for the most murders per capita.
About 457 Mexicans set the Guinness world record for the largest folk dance in September 2011 at the International Mariachi and Charreria Conference in Guadalajara.
Brazil holds the world record for most murders (not per capita).
In January of this year, the Baluarte Bicentennial Bridge in Mexico, which is supported by 152 steel suspenders and has a central, cable-stayed span of 1,705 feet, a total length of 3,685 feet and a width of 65 feet, received a Guinness record certifying it as the world's highest bridge.
Chefs prepare the world's largest 'Enchilada', a traditional Mexican food, during the National Enchilada Fair at the neighborhood of Iztapalapa in Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010. The enchilada, measuring 70 meters long and 1,416 kgs, entered the famous Guinness Record book Sunday. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
Shakira officially hit the record books as the most ‘liked’ person on Facebook in April. Shakira, also became the first person to reach 100 million likes on Facebook.
Mexican hobbyists and astronomers broke their own Guinness record by using a total of 2,753 telescopes all around the country to simultaneously observe the moon.
About 12,000 people attended a yoga class in Mexico City’s Zócalo. The event was dubbed “the largest yoga class in the world” but organizers say they never intended that reaction.
In January 2012, more than 100 residents of Monterrey, the capital of the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, prepared a 459-foot ""world's longest tamale." There were 10,000 pieces of the Mexican dish, which was 35 inches wide.
In November 2011, the Mexican city of Querétaro set a new record with the world’s largest carnitas taco, measuring about 240 feet long and weighing 330,000 pounds.
More than 180 Colombians prepared a 606.6-meter (664-yard) pound cake in Bogotá, setting a Guinness record for the world's biggest pound cake and easily breaking the old mark of 500 meters.
Weighing in at a whopping 31,865 pounds, the dessert took home the Guinness World Record for the largest fruitcake – overwhelming the previous record holder, a. 8,432-pound plum cake baked in 2011 by Just Bake in Bangalore, India.
On Valentine's Day 2009 about 39,897 people smooched in Mexico City, Mexico, to beat the record for the most people kissing simultaneously.
The mouth of the Catatumbo River, which sits at the southern end of Lake Maracaibo in the western Venezuelan state of Zulia, recently claimed the Guinness World Record for highest number of lightning per square kilometer per year – notching an impressive 3,600 flashes per hour or 1.2 million a year.
Mexican Manuel Uribe had been the World’s Heaviest Man, peaking at 1,230 pounds, but he died at 867 pounds back in May 2014.
Around 1,180 inmates at Lurigancho prison, Peru's largest, danced and exercised non-stop for three hours to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest group of people taking part in a "full body" aerobics workout routine.
Paging through the famed record book's 60th edition one is struck by two things: first, the number of weird things people do to get themselves into the book, and second, how many records people in Latin America hold.