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Plaza Italia

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A: Baquedano square of Santiago

by jose-ignacio-teran, 10 meters away

Baquedano square of Santiago

B: Baquedano Street of Santiago

by jose-ignacio-teran, 30 meters away

Baquedano Street of Santiago

C: Patio Bellavista, Santiago de Chile

by Leonardo Fuica Babogredac, 370 meters away

This is a very special place to have a good time, great meals, drinks and live music, beer, licour an...

Patio Bellavista, Santiago de Chile

D: Gabriela Mistral cultural center in Santiago

by jose-ignacio-teran, 500 meters away

Gabriela Mistral cultural center in Santiago

E: bridge with padlocks

by jose-ignacio-teran, 620 meters away

bridge with padlocks

F: Exterior

by Josu Gárate, 710 meters away

Exterior

G: Fine Arts Museum of Santiago

by jose-ignacio-teran, 770 meters away

Fine Arts Museum of Santiago

H: Santa Lucia Hill lookout in Santiago

by jose-ignacio-teran, 850 meters away

Santa Lucia Hill lookout in Santiago

I: subway bellas artes

by Patricio Armijo, 850 meters away

subway bellas artes

J: Vicuna Mackenna hermitage in Santiago

by jose-ignacio-teran, 900 meters away

Vicuna Mackenna hermitage in Santiago

This panorama was taken in Santiago, 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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