Friends of ours have a family owned organic vegitable farm. The house is between 200 and 400 years old! This has been handed down through the family for many generations and is now shared by 8 brothers and sisters. The area reminds me of Tuscany, it is beautiful with rolling hills, tree covered mountains, and green and gold valleys. Unfortunatly Google Earth shows his entire estate in very low resolution...its wierd because the boundary is right where his property starts. He asked me if I could resolve this with Google Earth and get his land in high resolution and I told him I would see what I could do. Which is probably nothing! By the way this property is for sale. Asking price is 2 and 1/2 Million Us dollars!
Inside the farmhouse in Madrid, Colombia. The feel of this place is hard to describe if you have neve...
Celebración de la Eucaristía en la Iglesia de la Virgen de la Salud de Bojacá, también conocida con e...
Small church in Bojaca, Colombia. this is very close to Madrid in the Northern suburbs of Bogota. Peo...
What was once a Pre-Colombian Village is now a park. Northwest of Bogota, the little town of Facatavi...
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.