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A: Club De Union 04

by Patricio Armijo, 10 meters away

Club De Union 04

B: Club de la Union 03

by Patricio Armijo, 10 meters away

Club de la Union 03

C: Nueva York street is the civic district, Santiago de Chile

by Thomas Humeau, 30 meters away

Santiago de Chile, is the capital and largest city of Chile, and the center of its largest conurbatio...

Nueva York street is the civic district, Santiago de Chile

D: University of Chile on Strike

by Thomas Humeau, 70 meters away

The University of Chile (Spanish: Universidad de Chile) is the largest and oldest institution of high...

University of Chile on Strike

E: New York Street

by Patricio Armijo, 70 meters away

New York Street

F: Ahumada Street - Santiago

by Patricio Armijo, 170 meters away

Ahumada Street - Santiago

G: La Moneda Palace - Santiago de Chile

by Thomas Humeau, 220 meters away

Palacio de La Moneda (Spanish: , Mint Palace), or simply La Moneda, is the seat of the President of t...

La Moneda Palace - Santiago de Chile

H: Plaza De La Ciudadania

by Patricio Armijo, 220 meters away

Plaza De La Ciudadania

I: La Moneda Palace - Santiago de Chile

by Thomas Humeau, 280 meters away

Palacio de La Moneda (Spanish: , Mint Palace), or simply La Moneda, is the seat of the President of t...

La Moneda Palace - Santiago de Chile

J: palacio de la moneda chile

by Marco Antonio, 290 meters away

palacio de la moneda chile

This panorama was taken in Santiago, 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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