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A: Santa Ana, Beach by Around Studio

by Gastón González Massini, 50 meters away

Santa Ana, Beach  by Around Studio

B: El chorro, balneario Cuchilla alta by Around Studio

by Gastón González Massini, 3.1 km away

El chorro, balneario Cuchilla alta by Around Studio

C: The castle Pittamiglio in Las Flores, Maldonado, Uruguay

by Fernando da Rosa Morena, 12.7 km away

The castle built by Humberto Pittamiglio in Las Flores, Maldonado, Uruguay. Pittamiglio Humberto was ...

The castle Pittamiglio in Las Flores, Maldonado, Uruguay

D: Balneario Costa Azul, Canelones by Around studio

by Gastón González Massini, 17.9 km away

Balneario Costa Azul, Canelones by Around studio

E: Balneario Costa Azul by Around Studio

by Gastón González Massini, 18.0 km away

Balneario Costa Azul by Around Studio

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by Sidnei José Romano, 19.1 km away

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by Sidnei José Romano, 19.1 km away

H: Cerro San Antonio Piriapolis

by Sebastián Martínez, 19.4 km away

Cerro San Antonio Piriapolis

I: San Antonio Hill, Piriapolis, Uruguay

by Fernando da Rosa Morena, 19.7 km away

The hill of San Antonio in Piriapolis is one of the most beautiful places in the area. The view, whic...

San Antonio Hill, Piriapolis, Uruguay

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by Sidnei José Romano, 19.7 km away

This panorama was taken in Uruguay, 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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