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Right above me is Huayna Picchu, the steep peak that rises behind Machu Picchu on most postcard view of the ancient site. I climbed it some years ago when it could be done freely but now one has to pre-book to do it.

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A: Along The Railway Track To Machu Picchu 1

door Arroz Marisco, 650 hier vandaan

Right above me at 2,430m a.s.l. is the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu that sits at the saddle betwee...

Along The Railway Track To Machu Picchu 1

B: Huayna Picchu, Wayna Picchu

door Michael Maniezzo, 680 hier vandaan

This is a view from the hike up to the top of Huayna Picchu, Wayna Picchu.  It is about half way up a...

Huayna Picchu, Wayna Picchu

C: Along the Railway Track to Machu Picchu 3

door Arroz Marisco, 690 hier vandaan

Here Rio Urubamba is about to take another 90° turn and the tourist trap of Aguas Calientes is only a...

Along the Railway Track to Machu Picchu 3

D: Machu Picchu - The lost city of the Incas - Peru

door Sidnei José Romano, 700 hier vandaan

Machu Picchu - The lost city of the Incas - Peru

F: Machu Picchu 2

door Julius Sunpanoramas.com, 730 hier vandaan

View from Huayna Picchu to Machu Picchu. Located near Cusco, Peru.

Machu Picchu 2

G: Temple Complex from Central Plaza

door Arroz Marisco, 750 hier vandaan

The place swarmed now with tourists became more like a busy theme park on a Sunday morning and walkin...

Temple Complex from Central Plaza

H: Machu Picchu

door Seungsang Yoo(유승상), 760 hier vandaan

Machu Picchu

I: Intihuatana Rock Jpg

door Arroz Marisco, 770 hier vandaan

"Intihuatana" is a curious stone pillar that occupies a prime location on a flat-top pyramid near the...

Intihuatana Rock Jpg

J: The Inca Terraces in Machu Picchu - Peru

door Sidnei José Romano, 810 hier vandaan

The Inca Terraces in Machu Picchu - Peru

Dit panorama is genomen in Peru, South America

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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.

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