Lonely street in San Martin de los Andes
Barrio residencial en un dia calmo y fresco sobre el barrio de la isla.
Magic Mountain Lodge / Hotel (Montaña Mágica Lodge) entrance located on Huilo Huilo Biologic Reserve,...
Vista panorámica del acceso de visitantes al salto del puma, parte de las caidas de agua con que cuen...
Vista del Volcan Lanin desde el bosque, Parque Nacional Villarrica en las cercanías de Pucón, Región ...
Vista de la Laguna Quilleihue y las montañas al su alrededor, Parque Nacional Villarrica en las cerca...
Panoram taken with a Canon sx30 in Manzano bay at the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi; near Villa la Ango...
Beach of Bahia Mansa in Villa la Angostura, Neuquen, Argentina. At the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi, o...
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.