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A: Plaza San Francisco and it's church/convent, Quito, Ecuador

by Thomas Humeau, 90 meters away

The Iglesia y Monasterio de San Francisco (Church and Monastery of St. Francis), colloquially known a...

Plaza San Francisco and it's church/convent, Quito, Ecuador

B: Plaza San Francisco in Quito, Ecuador

by Audrey Scott and Daniel Noll, 90 meters away

The Monastery of San Francisco, at the edge of Plaza San Francisco, is Quito's largest colonial struc...

Plaza San Francisco in Quito, Ecuador

C: cloister san francisco church in quito

by luis davilla, 150 meters away

cloister san francisco church in quito in ecuador

cloister san francisco church in quito

D: quito from la compañia church

by luis davilla, 160 meters away

from la compañia church in quito in ecuador

quito from la compañia church

E: Centro Cultural Metropolitano, Quito, Ecuador

by Thomas Humeau, 270 meters away

The metropolitan Cultural center, located on one of the main corners of the Independence Square (Plaz...

Centro Cultural Metropolitano, Quito, Ecuador

F: quito from top of cathedral

by luis davilla, 340 meters away

quito from top of cathedral

quito from top of cathedral

G: Plaza Grande and Cathedral in Quito, Ecuador

by Audrey Scott and Daniel Noll, 390 meters away

A view of the Cathedral from Plaza Grande in the center of Quito's Old Town (Ecuador). The plaza is h...

Plaza Grande and Cathedral in Quito, Ecuador

H: independence square in quito

by luis davilla, 410 meters away

independence square in quito. cathedral and national palace

independence square in quito

I: Palacio Arzobispal, Quito, Ecuador

by Thomas Humeau, 460 meters away

Situated in the Plaza de la Independencia and diagonally across from the Palacio de Gobierno, this bu...

Palacio Arzobispal, Quito, Ecuador

J: Around my house

by Rodrigo Pacheco, 530 meters away

Around my house

This panorama was taken in Ecuador, 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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