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The World > South America > Colombia

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A: Img 0684

by ADOLFO SUAREZ, 410 meters away

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B: Img 0683

by ADOLFO SUAREZ, 630 meters away

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C: Img 0681

by ADOLFO SUAREZ, 690 meters away

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D: Img 0680

by ADOLFO SUAREZ, 730 meters away

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E: Img 0682

by ADOLFO SUAREZ, 760 meters away

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F: Jbblago

by Perspektiva 360, 810 meters away

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G: Jardinrosasjbb

by Perspektiva 360, 810 meters away

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H: Plaza de Mercado de Paloquemao, Bogotá Colombia

by Carlos Sueskun, 950 meters away

Plaza de Mercado de Paloquemao, Bogotá Colombia

I: Spa

by Javier Quiroga, 1.4 km away

Spa

J: Cascada - Quipile

by Javier Quiroga, 1.4 km away

Cascada - Quipile

This panorama was taken in Colombia, 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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