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A: Bahia Mansa. Villa la Angostura - Argentina

by Federico Errecalde, 7.7 km away

Beach of Bahia Mansa in Villa la Angostura, Neuquen, Argentina. At the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi, o...

Bahia Mansa. Villa la Angostura - Argentina

B: Bahia Manzano - Villa la Angostura - Argentina

by Federico Errecalde, 13.2 km away

Panoram taken with a Canon sx30 in Manzano bay at the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi; near Villa la Ango...

Bahia Manzano - Villa la Angostura - Argentina

C: Lago Perito Moreno

by Hernan Folmer, 34.0 km away

Lago Perito Moreno

D: Delicious Platter of Patagonian Choice Cuts at Hotel Llao Llao, Bariloche

by Arroz Marisco, 34.7 km away

A fellow traveller whom I met at the Hotel joined me at the Lobby restaurant for this delicious cold ...

Delicious Platter of Patagonian Choice Cuts at Hotel Llao Llao, Bariloche

E: Puyehue crater

by Silvan Leinss, 38.3 km away

Puyehue crater

F: Mirador del Cerro Campanario en Bariloche (verano)

by Hernan Folmer, 38.8 km away

Cerro Campanario en BarilocheEl ascenso a este cerro se puede hacer caminado o por medio de aerosilla...

Mirador del Cerro Campanario en Bariloche (verano)

G: Campanario hill

by Ignacio Loncon, 38.8 km away

Campanario Hill

Campanario hill

H: Cerro Oto - Argentina

by Breno Christol, 50.1 km away

Cerro Oto - Argentina

I: Civic Center Plaza Bariloche

by Neil Parris, 52.8 km away

This is the view of the civic center (Centro Civico) of Bariloche (also known as San Carlos de Barilo...

Civic Center Plaza Bariloche

J: Catedral Hill

by Ignacio Loncon, 52.8 km away

Catedral Hill

Catedral Hill

This panorama was taken in 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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