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Torres Paine1

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Grey lac in the torres paine national park.Chile

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A: Receding Storm over Lago Grey

by Arroz Marisco, 2.2 km away

On the map it says "Fuertes Vientos" and I could not concur more - the wind really at gale force did ...

Receding Storm over Lago Grey

B: Patagonia Sunset over Lago Grey

by Arroz Marisco, 2.3 km away

This spot is surely one of the windiest in the whole National Park of Torres del Paine. Battered by i...

Patagonia Sunset over Lago Grey

C: The Many Tarns on the Way to Glacier Grey

by Arroz Marisco, 2.7 km away

In the distance, Galcier Grey is splited into 3 separate tongues by 2 nunataks before dipping into th...

The Many Tarns on the Way to Glacier Grey

D: The Valley Entrance to the Left Leg of the "W" Trek

by Arroz Marisco, 3.1 km away

The left leg of the "W" trek begins with a well-formed trail that runs in this bowl-shaped valley bef...

The Valley Entrance to the Left Leg of the "W" Trek

E: Cuernos del Paine and Lago Pehoe

by Neil Parris, 4.0 km away

A view of the famous Cuernos Del Paine in Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile. The Cuernos are form...

Cuernos del Paine and Lago Pehoe

F: Refugio Paine Grande by Lago Pehoé

by Arroz Marisco, 4.1 km away

The older and smaller building on the right, once the Refugio Paine Grande now serves as the Ranger S...

Refugio Paine Grande by Lago Pehoé

G: Stream Crossing before Guardería Lago Pehoé

by Arroz Marisco, 4.7 km away

There are many stream crossings on the "W" trek, most of them are shallow and narrow enough to simply...

Stream Crossing before Guardería Lago Pehoé

H: Meeting of Three Lagos

by Arroz Marisco, 5.5 km away

Here a sweeping view of the western aspect of the huge Parque Nacional Torres del Paine is taken from...

Meeting of Three Lagos

I: Crossing Lake Pehoe by Catamaran2

by Marcio Cabral, 6.1 km away

Crossing Lago Pehoe by Catamaran -- Day hikes to the Glacier Grey trail and backpackers taking the W ...

Crossing Lake Pehoe by Catamaran2

J: False Autumn in Patagonia

by Arroz Marisco, 6.3 km away

The fire that destroyed a large part of the forest in Torres del Paine National Park in Jan 2012 brou...

False Autumn in Patagonia

This panorama was taken in Chile, 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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