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A: Vallenar

by andres-berr-amunategui, 67.0 km away

Vallenar

C: Freirina Plaza, Huasco valley, Atacama Chile, the best olive oil in the world

by Leonardo Fuica Babogredac, 71.2 km away

Freirina Plaza, Huasco valley, Atacama Chile, the best olive oil in the world

Freirina Plaza, Huasco valley, Atacama Chile, the best olive oil in the world

D: Huasco Plaza, in Huasco Valley, Atacama Chile, the best Olive Oil in the world

by Leonardo Fuica Babogredac, 78.8 km away

Huasco Plaza, in Huasco Valley, Atacama Chile, the best Olive Oil in the world

Huasco Plaza, in Huasco Valley, Atacama Chile, the best Olive Oil in the world

E: Faro De La Serena

by andres-berr-amunategui, 88.9 km away

Faro De La Serena

F: Presa de Las Polvaredas, Valle del Elqui, La Serena, Chile.

by javier pascual, 95.3 km away

On the way to Laguna de Aguas Negras, feeded by the tiny Elqui River who drinks from the Andes Snow, ...

Presa de Las Polvaredas, Valle del Elqui, La Serena, Chile.

G: Mirador

by jlorca1, 97.8 km away

Mirador

H: Rinconada360

by jlorca1, 102.2 km away

Rinconada360

I: Desierto camino a Copiapo

by andres-berr-amunategui, 109.8 km away

Desierto camino a Copiapo

J: Laguna de Aguas Negras, entre Chile y Argentina

by javier pascual, 149.6 km away

Desde La serena, y pasando por el Valle del Elqui, para llegar a Argentina, hay que pasar por esta la...

Laguna de Aguas Negras, entre Chile y Argentina

This panorama was taken in Chile, South America

This is an overview of 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.

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