South America

South America makes up the southern half of the Americas and a large part of Latin America. It's home to the world's longest mountain range, biggest waterfall and largest river -- even these mammoths pale in comparison to the stunning variety of life forms thriving in the rainforest.

To the northwest, off the coast of Ecuador, lie the Galapagos Islands, which are unique for hosting species not found anywhere else on earth. These were the subject of study for Charles Darwin in his theory of evolution, which he himself said will require proof in every single case.

The main languages in South America are Spanish and Portugese, which basically tells you which European countries colonized the place. The South American wars of independence took place over two decades in the early 19th century, led by Simon Bolivar of Venezuela and Jose san Martin of Argentina.

Following liberation from Portugal and Spain, South America took off into its own development, capitalizing on the rich deposits of oil, gold, copper, silver and tango musicians.

Brazil is the largest country in South America and home to one of the world's best parties, Carnaval. Have you heard of samba music? How about bossa nova? Maybe dancing for three days straight?

I can't say enough good things about South America. All the world's continents have amazing secrets and treasures laying in wait for your discovery, but in South America... just have a look at our pictures while you're waiting for online confirmation of your plane tickets to hit your inbox.

Text by Steve Smith.

Alexandre Militão
Glasair do Comandante Rubens
Andre de Molenaar
Night Tarpons
juli guzman
Gym Norte Primer piso
Marcio Cabral
Fernando Dittrich Fernando Dittrich
Parque Malwee #13
Fernando Dittrich Fernando Dittrich
Fernando Dittrich Fernando Dittrich
Parque Malwee #03
Demian Arbelo
Nigth in Plaza de Mayo Buenos Aires Argentina
Adrian Barabino
En el camino al Glaciar Huemul
Alexandre Militão
Pico de Itaúna - Saquarema
Astrolabio Colombia
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquirá
Marcio Cabral
ST. Bernard Cave II
Marcio Cabral
Cerrado Stellar II
Rubens Cardia
Capuchin Monkeys
Marcio Cabral
Cerrado Stellar I
Marcio Cabral
Olho dagua River
Astrolabio Colombia
Buena Vista Quindío (Colombia) - Cafetal en Terraza de San Alberto
Sferica Tour Virtual
Willy Kaemena
SUBTE Linea A - 2011
Arroz Marisco
The Twin Lakes of Pumacocha Lake