Newsnight is to broadcast a series of films, interviews and cultural performances in a specially commissioned Inside Latin America week starting on Monday 3 April.
The week of programming - to be broadcast at 10.30pm on BBC TWO from 3 to 7 April - will look at various aspects of life in Latin America in the run up to the first round of the Peruvian elections on 9 April.
It will also focus on how thr United State has lost influence in its own backyard, the implications of the leftward swing across Latin America and the rise of indigenism.
Many of the films and interviews broadcast in the week will also be shown on BBC World, BBC News 24 and BBC FOUR.
Gavin Esler will present from Lima for Newsnight, BBC World and for the BBC World Service.
He will look ahead to the forthcoming Peruvian elections and candidates, including Ollantu Humala, the hardline leftwing contender.
Gavin will look at the countries that have embraced left-wing governments and that are challenging US influence on the continent and will also interview key political figures.
Greg Palast reports from Venezuela on 3 April examining how President Hugo Chavez was able to bankroll the continent's leftist governments and challenge the previously unquestioned influence of the US in the region.
The report will also include a new interview with President Chavez. It will be followed by a discussion chaired by Gavin with guests from Lima and Washington.
In a report from Brazil on 4 April Humphrey Hawksley will look at how China is trying to showcase its emergence as an economic superpower by investing heavily in Latin America.
This will be followed on 5 April by a report from Newsnight's Business Correspondent Paul Mason from Bolivia, documenting the rise of indigenous politics and how it became able to dominate the current government.
This will include an exclusive long-form interview with Evo Morales, Bolivia's new left-wing president.
Morales talks about his plans to rip up the constitution and place indigenous people and workers at the heart of decision making, his fractious relations with the World Bank and IMF, and the specific indigenous philosophy behind decision making in the social movements that brought him to power.
In the last film of the week on 6 April Gavin Esler will report on the new wave of Argentine cinema.
Other highlights of the week will include performances from Afro-Peruvian band Nova Lima and Carlos Acosta, the internationally-renowned Cuban ballet dancer currently performing as Romeo at the Royal Opera House.
Viewers will also be able to see an interview with Brazilian World Cup champion and Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva talking about his footballing inspiration, Brazilian superstar Zico.
And Juanes, one of Latin America's biggest singers with number ones in several European cities, will perform on Newsnight Review.
Mario Testino will also talk about photographs he has taken of Latin America.
Newsnight will have a page dedicated to Inside Latin America on bbc.co.uk/newsnight.
This will include articles, pieces in video, Paul Mason's blog, a picture gallery, background material and specially commissioned articles.
There will also be a Feedback section - Show us your country - where Newsnight will invite viewers from Latin America to send in their video phone images and a Q and A quiz on Latin America.
BBC Americas will also create a special page for the Latin America content.