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he view of Machu Picchu from a hike up Huayna Picchu, Wayna Picchu

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A: Machu Picchu 2

by Julius Sunpanoramas.com, 70 meters away

View from Huayna Picchu to Machu Picchu. Located near Cusco, Peru.

Machu Picchu 2

B: Huayna Picchu, Wayna Picchu

by Michael Maniezzo, 320 meters away

This is a view from the hike up to the top of Huayna Picchu, Wayna Picchu.  It is about half way up a...

Huayna Picchu, Wayna Picchu

C: Machu Picchu - The lost city of the Incas - Peru

by Sidnei José Romano, 570 meters away

Machu Picchu - The lost city of the Incas - Peru

D: Temple Complex from Central Plaza

by Arroz Marisco, 610 meters away

The place swarmed now with tourists became more like a busy theme park on a Sunday morning and walkin...

Temple Complex from Central Plaza

E: Urubamba Valley From The Residential Sector

by Arroz Marisco, 650 meters away

A thin blanket of cloud soon hovered above the verdant green Urubamba Valley shutting out the last ra...

Urubamba Valley From The Residential Sector

F: Machu Picchu

by Seungsang Yoo(유승상), 680 meters away

Machu Picchu

G: Intihuatana Rock Jpg

by Arroz Marisco, 690 meters away

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Intihuatana Rock Jpg

H: The Inca Terraces in Machu Picchu - Peru

by Sidnei José Romano, 690 meters away

The Inca Terraces in Machu Picchu - Peru

I: Along the Railway Track to Machu Picchu 2

by Arroz Marisco, 730 meters away

Right above me is Huayna Picchu, the steep peak that rises behind Machu Picchu on most postcard view ...

Along the Railway Track to Machu Picchu 2

J: Our Nica-Machu Picchu trip!

by Javier Herdocia, 750 meters away

Our Nica-Machu Picchu trip!

This panorama was taken in Peru, South America

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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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