Virgen del Panecillo, Quito - Ecuador
In 1976, the Spanish artist Agustín de la Herran Matorras made of aluminum monument to the Virgin Mary which is at the top of the hill called "Panecillo" for having a form of bread. It has seven thousand pieces and is considered the largest representation of aluminum in the world.
In 1976, the Spanish artist Agustín de la Herran Matorras made of aluminum monument to the Virgin Mar...
The Monastery of San Francisco, at the edge of Plaza San Francisco, is Quito's largest colonial struc...
The Iglesia y Monasterio de San Francisco (Church and Monastery of St. Francis), colloquially known a...
The metropolitan Cultural center, located on one of the main corners of the Independence Square (Plaz...
A view of the Cathedral from Plaza Grande in the center of Quito's Old Town (Ecuador). The plaza is h...
Situated in the Plaza de la Independencia and diagonally across from the Palacio de Gobierno, this bu...
Desde el otro extremo de la terraza en la casa.
Una segunda sesión de fotos, pero con personajes... una prueba que dio buen resultado.
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.