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A: Guesthouse in San Clemente, Imbabura, Ecuador

by Nicolas Bernard, 25.7 km away

Guesthouse in San Clemente, Imbabura, Ecuador

B: Otavalo market, Ecuador

by Thomas Humeau, 39.5 km away

Otavalo is a largely indigenous town in the Imbabura Province of Ecuador. The town, which is in a val...

Otavalo market, Ecuador

C: Otavalo Market, Ecuador

by Thomas Humeau, 39.8 km away

  Otavalo is a largely indigenous town in the Imbabura Province of Ecuador. The town, which is in a v...

Otavalo Market, Ecuador

D: Shopping for Carpets at the Handicrafts Market in Otavalo, Ecuador

by Audrey Scott and Daniel Noll, 39.9 km away

Colorful, handwoven carpets adorn Otavalo's Saturday market in the northern part of Ecuador. This mar...

Shopping for Carpets at the Handicrafts Market in Otavalo, Ecuador

E: Buying Handicrafts at the Otavalo Market in Ecuador

by Audrey Scott and Daniel Noll, 39.9 km away

Otavalo's Saturday market in the northern part of Ecuador is known as being one of the largest handic...

Buying Handicrafts at the Otavalo Market in Ecuador

F: Shenandoah Pie Company in Otavalo, Ecuador

by Audrey Scott and Daniel Noll, 39.9 km away

The inside of Shenandoah Pie Company, a thirty year-old pie and ice cream diner that gives you the ch...

Shenandoah Pie Company in Otavalo, Ecuador

G: la compañia hacienda

by luis davilla, 45.4 km away

la compañia hacienda in ecuador

la compañia hacienda

H: 3D Quicocha 360 ( please use red and cyan glasses)

by Juan Jose Perez, 47.5 km away

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuicocha Beautiful lake volcano near to Otavalo  in Ecuador ( Cuicocha l...

3D Quicocha 360 ( please use red and cyan glasses)

I: cuicocha lagoon

by luis davilla, 47.7 km away

cuicocha lagoon in ecuador

cuicocha lagoon

J: Machines Rock - Pasto´s Sun

by GABRIEL S TROYA, 60.1 km away

Machines Rock -  Pasto´s Sun

This panorama was taken in Ecuador, 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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