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The mountains, Villa Serrana, Lavalleja by Around Studio

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A: Ventorrillo de la Buena Vista, outside, Villa Serrana, Minas, Uruguay

by Fernando da Rosa Morena, 140 meters away

The Ventorrillo of Buena Vista is an emblematic building of Villa Serrana, in Minas, Uruguay, was bui...

Ventorrillo de la Buena Vista, outside, Villa Serrana, Minas, Uruguay

B: Ventorrillo de la Buena Vista, Inside, Villa Serrana, Minas, Uruguay.

by Fernando da Rosa Morena, 140 meters away

The Ventorrillo of Buena Vista is an emblematic building of Villa Serrana, in Minas, Uruguay, was bui...

Ventorrillo de la Buena Vista, Inside, Villa Serrana, Minas, Uruguay.

C: Villa Serrana, Lavalleja by Around Studio

by Gastón González Massini, 1.3 km away

Villa Serrana, Lavalleja by Around Studio

D: Eta Carinae Observatory at night

by Fernando da Rosa Morena, 1.7 km away

EtaCarinae Observatory at night. The day of amateur astronomer, with summer sky, in the southern hemi...

Eta Carinae Observatory at night

E: Eta Carinae Observatory the day of the amateur astronomer

by Fernando da Rosa Morena, 1.7 km away

EtaCarinae Observatory at day. The day of amateur astronomer. The observatory was founded in 1997 by ...

Eta Carinae Observatory the day of the amateur astronomer

F: Cardiocama Panohc Sphere

by Fernando da Rosa Morena, 1.7 km away

Cardiocama Panohc Sphere

G: The southern sky in late summer

by Fernando da Rosa Morena, 1.7 km away

The southern sky in late summer, in an almost cloudless night, taken from the observation of Eta Cari...

The southern sky in late summer

H: Eta Carinae Observatory at sunset

by Fernando da Rosa Morena, 1.7 km away

Eta Carinae Observatory at sunset, panorama taken from the dome of the observatory. You can see the s...

Eta Carinae Observatory at sunset

I: Eta Carinae observatory environment

by Fernando da Rosa Morena, 1.7 km away

Eta Carinae The observatory was founded in 1997 by astronomer Gonzalo Vicino on the outskirts of Vill...

Eta Carinae observatory environment

J: Night sky over Villa Serrana, Minas, Uruguay. October 2012.

by Fernando da Rosa Morena, 3.2 km away

Night sky over Villa Serrana, October 2012. A clear night in which you can see to the north a small g...

Night sky over Villa Serrana, Minas, Uruguay. October 2012.

This panorama was taken in Uruguay, South America

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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.

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