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.

Emilio Campi - 360 Total
Pedra do Baú (Stone Chest)
Luciano Correa | Vista Panoramica
Ilhabela - Old Village
H.David Muñoz RV360
Christmas Lights on Medellin
J-P. Scherrer
Manaira Beach, Joao Pessoa, Brazil
H.David Muñoz RV360
Christmas Lights in Medellin
J-P. Scherrer
In my underground parking !
Alex Rezende
Todo do Mundo
Walter Scavuzzo
Obelisco
gaston esferico
Geselplaya
Fernando da Rosa Morena
Panorama of the night sky, Salto, Uruguay.
Marcio Cabral
Glacier Perito Moreno
Marcio Cabral
Alto Paraíso at Magic Hour
Arroz Marisco
Panorama of Valle del frances - the Jewl in the Crown
Arroz Marisco
Gathering Storm over French Valley 2
Arroz Marisco
Sunset Over Rio Ascencio
Arroz Marisco
Quesillococha Lake, Another View
Marcio Cabral
Patagonic Rainbow
Marcio Cabral
Captain Don's dive point
Arroz Marisco
Dragon's Jaw - The Valley of Llanganuco
Arroz Marisco
The Hidden Gem of the Andes, Laguna 69