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La Paz

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A: The Bus Terminal of La Paz

by Arroz Marisco, 1.3 km away

The Central Bus Terminal will always remind me to be vigilant as I had my very first experience of be...

The Bus Terminal of La Paz

B: Plaza Uyuni La Paz

by Erbol Digital, 2.4 km away

Plaza Uyuni La Paz

C: Transportistas blocked roads in La Paz

by Peter Deselaers, 2.9 km away

Transport unions blocked roads and street in Bolivia's La Paz on May 7 and 8 to protest against a mun...

Transportistas blocked roads in La Paz

D: Rubbish dump in El Alto

by Steffen Leidel, 2.9 km away

The panoramic view shows the waste dump in El Alto, near La Paz in Bolivia. In the background you can...

Rubbish dump in El Alto

E: Panorámica Punto Verde 1 - Final Línea Amarilla

by Erbol Digital, 4.0 km away

Av. Libertador y curva de Holguín (Zona sur). En este terreno donde usualmente se observan tanques de...

Panorámica Punto Verde 1 - Final Línea Amarilla

F: Valle de la Luna

by Arroz Marisco, 9.5 km away

Valle de la Luna featuring badlands with jagged and eroded rocks and hills is an easy day trip from L...

Valle de la Luna

G: The Derelict Ski Resort at Chacaltaya

by Arroz Marisco, 16.4 km away

Standing forlonly the now derelict ski lift at Chacaltaya rattles in the occasional gust that sweeps ...

The Derelict Ski Resort at Chacaltaya

H: The View from the Summit of Chacaltaya (5,421m)

by Arroz Marisco, 16.8 km away

A relatively short walk from the now defunct ski-lift area will take one to reach an astonishing alti...

The View from the Summit of Chacaltaya (5,421m)

I: Sunrise over Huayna Potosí at 5200m

by Arroz Marisco, 24.9 km away

The sun has finally risen after a long cold and sleepless night at this 5,200m high mountain hut righ...

Sunrise over Huayna Potosí at 5200m

J: Laguna Tuni

by Arroz Marisco, 29.8 km away

The aquamarine Laguna Tuni is an important source of water for the highest capital in the world, la P...

Laguna Tuni

This panorama was taken in Bolivia, 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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