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A: Morisco pavilion of-exposition-park-of-lima

by jose-ignacio-teran, 40 meters away

Morisco pavilion of-exposition-park-of-lima

B: Calana theater of exposition-park-of-lima

by jose-ignacio-teran, 210 meters away

Calana theater of exposition-park-of-lima

C: 9 de Mayo street of Lima

by jose-ignacio-teran, 360 meters away

9 de Mayo street of Lima

D: China source of Exposition Park of lima

by jose-ignacio-teran, 390 meters away

China source of Exposition Park of lima

E: Italian art museum of lime

by jose-ignacio-teran, 450 meters away

Italian art museum of lime

F: Bolognesi square of Lima

by jose-ignacio-teran, 500 meters away

Bolognesi square of Lima

G: Lima courthouse

by jose-ignacio-teran, 510 meters away

Lima courthouse

H: naval heroes walk of Lima

by jose-ignacio-teran, 740 meters away

naval heroes walk of Lima

I: Recoleta Church of Lima

by jose-ignacio-teran, 1,000 meters away

Recoleta Church of Lima

J: The Magical Water Tour

by John Sanchez, 1.0 km away

Parque de la Reserva, Peru's capital city with an attraction that other countries around the world al...

The Magical Water Tour

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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