Santa Marta, between the mountains and the sea - 1
The City of Santa Marta waves lick the snowy slopes of the world's highest sea.
The oldest city in South America is full of magic hard to describe, its unique architectural heritage, beautiful scenery and a rich cultural heritage, make this an ideal natural paradise to enjoy, learn and remember.
Here you can have it all, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, with a network of unique ecosystems on the planet, and enigmatic archaeological remains of the Tayrona culture.
The beaches of Tayrona National Park, framed by lush and unspoiled nature, recognized among the finest in the world.
Areas populated by flocks of parrots, infinite variety of birds and herds of howler monkeys that inform his hustle to the other inhabitants of the jungle brings hikers.
And a historical legacy, represented in the architecture and in the streets of the historic center, a tour for visiting the Cathedral, the museums and the Malecon de Bastidas, besides knowing where you can enjoy a romantic sunset.
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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.