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A: cotopaxi national park

by luis davilla, 4.0 km away

around cotopaxi national park in ecuador

cotopaxi national park

B: el porvenir hacienda

by luis davilla, 7.6 km away

el porvenir hacienda in ecuador next to cotopaxi vulcano

el porvenir hacienda

C: Cotopaxi, Ecuador

by Nicolas Bernard, 14.3 km away

À environ 4000m, depuis le plateau au pied du Cotopaxi, 5897m

Cotopaxi, Ecuador

D: Night sky at 3000m in Ecuador

by Nicolas Bernard, 35.2 km away

Night sky at 3000m in Ecuador

E: Jardines Santa Rosa Parquesanto

by Omar Salazar, 39.6 km away

Jardines Santa Rosa Parquesanto

F: Saquisili market, near Latacunga, Ecuador

by Thomas Humeau, 40.6 km away

Saquisilí is a town in the Cotopaxi Province of Ecuador. It is the seat of the Saquisilí Canton. Sasq...

Saquisili market, near Latacunga, Ecuador

G: Latacunga plaza San Francisco, Ecuador

by Thomas Humeau, 41.4 km away

Latacunga is a plateau town of Ecuador, capital of the Cotopaxi Province, 89 km (55 miles) south of Q...

Latacunga plaza San Francisco, Ecuador

H: Tiana Hostal in Latacunga, Ecuador

by Thomas Humeau, 41.5 km away

The Tiana hostal is a nice and affordable guest house in Latacunga in the Andes part of Ecuador. Host...

Tiana Hostal in Latacunga, Ecuador

I: Latacunga streets, Ecuador

by Thomas Humeau, 41.6 km away

Latacunga is a plateau town of Ecuador, capital of the Cotopaxi Province, 89 km (55 miles) south of Q...

Latacunga streets, Ecuador

J: Cathedral and City hall of Latacunga, Ecuador

by Thomas Humeau, 41.7 km away

Latacunga is a plateau town of Ecuador, capital of the Cotopaxi Province, 89 km (55 miles) south of Q...

Cathedral and City hall of Latacunga, Ecuador

This panorama was taken in Ecuador, 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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