Perito Moreno Glacier is found in Argentina located in the Los Glaciares National Park. The glacier is 97 square miles (250 sq km) and measures 19 miles (30 km) in length. Additionally, the glacier measures 3 miles (5 km) wide with a total ice depth of 558 feet (170 m). The deepest part of the glacier measures 2,297 feet (700 m).
Perito Moreno Glacier is one of three Patagonian glaciers that is not retreating. This ice field accounts for the world's third largest reserve of fresh water.
This gigantic reserve of water in the form of highly compacted ice sits not far from Torres del Paine...
Glacier Perito Moreno (257 square kilometers, 30 kilometers in length, get to measure 70 meters on th...
Il ghiacciaio Perito Moreno si trova nella provincia di Santa Cruz in Argentina, tra le latitudini -...
Perito Moreno Glacier, located in the Los Glaciares National Park in the province of Santa Cruz, Arge...
A distant view of the north side of the Perito Moreno Glacier in Parque National Los Glaciers, Patago...
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.