Bolivian Landscape enroute to San Antonio de Lipez
The first day on the Tupiza-Uyuni salt flat circuit involves an almost unbroken 10 hours of long drive to the little hamlet of San Antonio de Lipez. The Bolivian Altiplano is like a one giant expanse of low rolling hills and pinkish soil puntuated at times by slow-flowing creeks and herds of isolated llamas, all situated at an altitude of over 4000m.
The small village on a high plateau of the Altiplano in Bolivia. Population is about one hundred peop...
The small village on a high plateau of the Altiplano in Bolivia. Population is about one hundred people.
En route to Uyuni we passed a herd of llamas busily gorging on the low shrubs and tussock grasses gro...
The jeep climbed higher and higher along a meandering and undulating dirt track that traverses the ru...
Despite the sweltering heat the kaleidoscopic landscape just outsie the small village of Tupiza made...
Much of the landscape surrounding the village of Tupiza consists of no more than sun-baked barren bad...
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.