I've given it a lot of thought, but I still can't put my finger on why Jews love Latin America so much. Out of all of my friends and the people I've met living in, traveling around, working with and studying the region, a significant percentage are Jewish.
This doesn't necessarily include Jews living in Latin America, since their ancestors chose the region for one reason or another, but based on necessity. It seems to me that some American and to a lesser extent British and European Jews have a particularly strong interest in Latin America, and are strongly drawn to it, more so than any other part of the world.
I've tried to examine why it is I was drawn to the region early on, and maybe other American Jews have had a similar experience. Growing up in a town with a very small Jewish population and a large Latino population, I was exposed to Latino culture on a much more frequent basis than Jewish culture (despite being put into Hebrew school), and the cool kids in school were the Dominicans. Instead of joining a Jewish youth group, I joined clubs at my high school. I hated going to temple; I would have rather been in ballet class.
It's not that I didn't not want to be Jewish, but I was more interested in culture than religion, and I found Latin culture a lot more attractive. This, I think, could be another key. Whereas a lot of Judaism focuses on the past and all of the trials and tribulations the Jews have been through, Latin culture seems to focus more on the present (despite an unhappy history, too). Jewish music is depressing; Latin music tends to be a lot more upbeat. Our most important holiday is a day of repentance that involves hours in temple listening to horrid horn-blowing, fasting, and sadness; in Latin countries, one the most important (religious) holidays is Christmas. We eat gefilte fish; they eat arroz con pollo. We have Purim for one night a year; they have Carnaval. Our "old countries" are in the frozen tundra where we were driven out by bloodthirsty men; their "old countries" have beaches and swaying palms (some do, anyway; and it's not that they don't have bloodthirsty men too, but it's easy to overlook that).
Are you a gringo Jew obsessed with Latin America? Do you have an explanation?