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Peru, Paracas, National Reserve, Crossroad

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A: Istmo de la Península de Paracas

by Matthias Kunze, 40 meters away

The nearby information panel tells us: "The Peninsula of Paracas stands out for its remarkable biolog...

Istmo de la Península de Paracas

B: Peru, Paracas, Playa Langunillas

by Thomas Blanket, 1.9 km away

Peru, Paracas, Playa Langunillas

C: Playa La Mina

by Matthias Kunze, 3.5 km away

The nearby plate tells us this:"This is one of the most popular beaches in the Paracas National Reser...

Playa La Mina

D: Playa La Mina

by Matthias Kunze, 3.6 km away

La Mina is a popular beach on the Paracas peninsula National Reserve

Playa La Mina

E: La Catedral

by Matthias Kunze, 5.6 km away

La Catedral

G: La Catedral

by Matthias Kunze, 5.6 km away

The rock formation La Catedral (the cathedral) is still the symbol of Nacional Reserve of Paracas, al...

La Catedral

H: Boulevard el Chaco de noche

by Matthias Kunze, 8.0 km away

Night panorama near the Boulevard el Chaco. In the morning it is really busy here with tourists about...

Boulevard el Chaco de noche

I: Muelle El Chaco

by Matthias Kunze, 8.0 km away

Tourists waiting to get on their boot for a ride to the ballesta islands.

Muelle El Chaco

J: Peru, Paracas, Bus Stop

by Thomas Blanket, 8.5 km away

Peru, Paracas, Bus Stop

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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