This is the view of the civic center (Centro Civico) of Bariloche (also known as San Carlos de Bariloche), the largest town in Argentina's Lake District area. The town is a very popular tourist desitnation for the people of Argentina with easy access to the lake and mountains for touring and adventures sports, great skiing in the winter, and home to some delicious chocolate shops.
The log and stone buildings in this square were designed by Ezequiel Bustillo and built in the 1930s and are now home to the city hall, police station and the Museum of Patagonia.
The town and this square is also famous for its Saint Bernard dogs, and if you look closely on this panorama you will see them sitting with their owners waiting to pose for photos with the tourists.
Looking to the north you can see Lago (Lake) Nahuel Huapi. It's possible to take an all day boat + bus + boat crossing across the Andes into to Chile, often call the Cruce de Lagos (Crossing of the Lakes). To the east you have Avenue Bartolome Mitre and Perito Moreno, two busy streets lined with various businesses including lots of chocolate shops!
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.