By the side of Laguna Madre
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Panoramic photo by Arroz Marisco EXPERT MAESTRO Taken 13:29, 08/04/2009 - Views loading...

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By the side of Laguna Madre

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The twin lakes of Laguna Hija and Laguna Madre are two medium-sized lakes lying by the foot of El chaltén (Mt Fitzroy). Here the view is taken at the beginning of the trail that skirts along the shores of the two lakes.

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A: Fitz Roy Valley

by Marcio Cabral, 610 meters away

Fitz Roy Valley

B: Laguna Madre & Hija

by Arroz Marisco, 630 meters away

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Laguna Madre & Hija

C: Fitz Roy Valley

by Marcio Cabral, 640 meters away

Fitz Roy Valley

D: Tarns of Monte Fitz Roy

by Arroz Marisco, 650 meters away

This is another view of the vast valley below the mighty Monte Fitz Roy with a dozen of tarns reflect...

Tarns of Monte Fitz Roy

E: Fitz Roy Valley at Magic Hour

by Marcio Cabral, 820 meters away

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Fitz Roy Valley at Magic Hour

F: El Chalten, Patagonia, Argentina

by Marcio Dufranc Photography, 830 meters away

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G: Fitz Roy Valley at sunrise

by Marcio Cabral, 890 meters away

Fitz Roy Valley at sunrise

H: Poincenot Autumn

by Marcio Cabral, 1,000 meters away

Poincenot Autumn

I: Poincenot base camp

by Marcio Cabral, 1.1 km away

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J: Laguna Torre, El Chalten

by Marcio Dufranc Photography, 1.2 km away

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This panorama was taken in 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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