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Here Rio Urubamba is about to take another 90° turn and the tourist trap of Aguas Calientes is only about an hour's walk away from here.

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A: Along the Railway Track to Machu Picchu 2

di Arroz Marisco, 690 metri di distanza

Right above me is Huayna Picchu, the steep peak that rises behind Machu Picchu on most postcard view ...

Along the Railway Track to Machu Picchu 2

C: Machu Picchu 2

di Julius Sunpanoramas.com, 1.0 km di distanza

View from Huayna Picchu to Machu Picchu. Located near Cusco, Peru.

Machu Picchu 2

D: Huayna Picchu, Wayna Picchu

di Michael Maniezzo, 1.1 km di distanza

This is a view from the hike up to the top of Huayna Picchu, Wayna Picchu.  It is about half way up a...

Huayna Picchu, Wayna Picchu

E: Machu Picchu - The lost city of the Incas - Peru

di Sidnei José Romano, 1.3 km di distanza

Machu Picchu - The lost city of the Incas - Peru

F: Along The Railway Track To Machu Picchu 1

di Arroz Marisco, 1.3 km di distanza

Right above me at 2,430m a.s.l. is the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu that sits at the saddle betwee...

Along The Railway Track To Machu Picchu 1

G: Temple Complex from Central Plaza

di Arroz Marisco, 1.3 km di distanza

The place swarmed now with tourists became more like a busy theme park on a Sunday morning and walkin...

Temple Complex from Central Plaza

H: Machu Picchu

di Seungsang Yoo(유승상), 1.3 km di distanza

Machu Picchu

I: Intihuatana Rock Jpg

di Arroz Marisco, 1.4 km di distanza

"Intihuatana" is a curious stone pillar that occupies a prime location on a flat-top pyramid near the...

Intihuatana Rock Jpg

J: Terrazze a Machu Picchu - Perù

di Sidnei José Romano, 1.4 km di distanza

Terrazze a Machu Picchu - Perù

Questo panorama è stato scattato in Peru, South America

Questa è una vista generale di 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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