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.

Eduardo Sacks
Arena do Grêmio
Javier Lazo
Habitacio N Compartida
Sidney Lima
Estádio Municipal Dr. Waldemiro Wagner
Federico Errecalde
Cara Cortada en Vivo
Cristhian López
Royal Decameron Punta Sal
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Itajuru channel - Cabo Frio RJ Brazil
Cristhian López
Residencias Yachay
Augusto Ilian
Ecological Trail Club Campestre de Cali Lake
Alvaro Patricio
San Ramon Cascade
Augusto Ilian
Ecological Trail 2 Club Campestre de Cali
La Nube 360
Aerial panorama of Santiago-Chile
Marcio Cabral
Alto Paraíso at Magic Hour
Arroz Marisco
Gathering Storm over French Valley 2
Arroz Marisco
Sunset Over Rio Ascencio
Marcio Cabral
Patagonic Rainbow
Marcio Cabral
Captain Don's dive point
Arroz Marisco
Dragon's Jaw - The Valley of Llanganuco
Arroz Marisco
The Hidden Gem of the Andes, Laguna 69
Marcio Cabral
Fitzroy and Lagunas
Marcio Cabral
Chorrillo del Salto