Gathering Clouds over Laguna Parón
A well-paved footpath along the northern edge of the lake leads ultimately to the terminal moraine of the feeding glacier of Chacraraju (6112m) which dominates this part of the Cordillera Blanca. Clouds have already moved in from the Pacific to blanket out most of the view before noon.
This turquoise blue lake, largest of all the glacial lagoons in the cordillera sits deep inside the v...
I camped alongside the much shrinken lake of Ichiccocha amidst fear of an impending storm.The followi...
Laguna 69 is so named as a pair of "gringos" were found engaging in the namesake act of passion - I'm...
Running between the dark walls of the gorge is the noisy Rio Santa Cruz which tumbles and cascades be...
A short climb along the moraine of Chararaju (6,108m) not only rewards one with a panoramic view of t...
Once past Laguna Jatuncocha I was greeted by what seemed to me a carnage site.Only now at the time of...
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.