Estación Científica San Francisco ECSF
The “Estación Científica San Francisco” (RBSF) is located in the Cordillera Real, an eastern range of the South Ecuadorian Andes, which is the weather divide between the humid Amazon (“Oriente”) and the dry Inter-Andean region. In southern Ecuador the Andes are not as high as in the central and northern part of the country, but the topography of that area, called the Huancabamba depression, is more complicated.
Rock research station san francisco, in a tropical rain forest.
River research station san francisco, in a tropical rain forest.
Loja musical and cultural capital of Ecuador.
Loja City view from the "Puerta de la Ciudad" on a sunny afternoon.
Julio Hidalgo Plaza, near the Coliseum Ciudad de Loja.
In the "La Granja" a town near Malacatos, with a temperate climate.
Shantas Bar is one of the places in Vilcabamba to go for a good hangout.
Sunset in the garden at Rendez Vous Guesthouse in Vilcabamba, Ecuador. This was the most relaxing pla...
Another beautiful day in Vilcabamba, Ecuador. This area is known as the "valley of longevity" as the ...
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.