AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

In the Mexican village of Nanacamilpa, tiny fireflies are helping save the towering pine and fir trees on the outskirts of the megalopolis of Mexico City. AP photographer Rebecca Blackwell documented the thousands of them lighting up a magical spectacle at dusk in the old-growth forests on reserves like the Piedra Canteada park.

In Haiti, AP photographer Dieu Nalio Chery documented the journey of thousands of Haitians who made their way to Plaine-du-Nord for an annual festival, riding for hours in packed buses or on the backs of overloaded motorbikes to celebrate a religion that is an integral part of life for many in this nation. The pilgrims who trek to Plaine-du-Nord take ritual baths of mud, light candles and make offerings to the spirits.

Amid it all, Chery heard one young woman praying for escape from Haiti. "In a country where we have no hope in our government, oh St. James, please help me find a visa to leave the country to have a better life," she said, weeping as she lit a candle in a bright red and blue dress.

On Thursday, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski was sworn in as Peru's new president. The conservative Kuczynski has economics degrees from Oxford and Princeton and worked for decades on Wall Street and at the World Bank. In his inaugural address to Congress he said, "I want Peru to be a beacon of civilization along the Pacific and in South America that everyone will look upon with admiration."

In the aftermath of deadly attacks by the Islamic State group in France and elsewhere, Brazil, which has almost no experience combatting terrorism, is beefing up security for the games that start in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 5.

Colombia's celebration of victory in the South American club soccer championship was marred by violence, with four fans killed in a night of boisterous revelry. Authorities said they registered more than 600 street fights after Medellin's Atletico Nacional scored a 1-0 defeat of Independiente del Valle of Ecuador in the Copa Libertadores final.

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This photo gallery was curated by photo editor Anita Baca in Mexico City.

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