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A: humble hotel room in the Peruvian Andes

by jose-ignacio-teran, less than 10 meters away

humble hotel room in the Peruvian Andes

B: Huánuco Panorama 360, desde cerro Marabamba

by Diego Altamirano Beteta, 56.2 km away

Vista panorámica desde el mirador de Marabamba hacia la ciudad de Huánuco

Huánuco Panorama 360, desde cerro Marabamba

C: Toll Gate above Laguna Viconga

by Arroz Marisco, 72.6 km away

Possibly the fourth toll gate on the circuit, this one above Laguna Viconga however has the best view...

Toll Gate above Laguna Viconga

D: Portachuelo de Huayhuash

by Arroz Marisco, 72.6 km away

At 4750m, the mountain pass of Portachuelo de Huayhuash is one of the easiest passes on the entire ci...

Portachuelo de Huayhuash

E: Laguna Carnicero enroute to Huayhuash

by Arroz Marisco, 73.5 km away

At 4441m a.s.l. Laguna Carnicero, named after the peak of the same name (5960m) is a rather convenien...

Laguna Carnicero enroute to Huayhuash

F: Approaching Punta Cuyoc

by Arroz Marisco, 75.0 km away

Taking a mini detour on the way to Punta Cuyoc, here above a small mound the view is towards Cordille...

Approaching Punta Cuyoc

G: Quesillacocha pass, Huayhuash, Peru

by Arroz Marisco, 75.3 km away

The 4800m pass above Laguna Quesillacocha is made less strenuous than one would realize by the engros...

Quesillacocha pass, Huayhuash, Peru

H: The Precarious Glacier of Punta Cuyoc, Huayhuash, peru

by Arroz Marisco, 76.0 km away

This is the highest pass, at 5000m on this trek - appropriately named Punta Cuyoc as it skirts narrow...

The Precarious Glacier of Punta Cuyoc, Huayhuash, peru

I: Quesillococha Lake, Another View

by Arroz Marisco, 76.0 km away

This is just another take on the twin lakes of Quesillococha - at a slightly higher level and beyond ...

Quesillococha Lake, Another View

J: Twin Lakes of Laguna Quesillacocha, Huayhuash, Peru

by Arroz Marisco, 76.3 km away

The Huayhuash Circuit is one of the most beautiful trek in the world, made famous by the film "Touchi...

Twin Lakes of Laguna Quesillacocha, Huayhuash, Peru

This panorama was taken in Peru, 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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