Gathering Storm over French Valley 2
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Gathering Storm over French Valley 2

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As soon as I emerge from the trees and onto this shoulder  part of the trail I know my luck was out. The famed view of the French Valley with its cirque of granite peaks is just faintly visible through the gathering clouds.

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A: Gathering Storm over French Valley 3

door Arroz Marisco, 20 hier vandaan

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Gathering Storm over French Valley 3

B: The swift current of Rio Francés

door Arroz Marisco, 650 hier vandaan

Further along the narrow trail that meanders through the beech forest, the rapidly flowing Rio Francé...

The swift current of Rio Francés

C: Gathering Storm over French Valley 1

door Arroz Marisco, 850 hier vandaan

The trail to Valle del Frances, or the French valley climbs mostly below the tree line for most of th...

Gathering Storm over French Valley 1

D: First view of Cerro Catedral

door Arroz Marisco, 2.7 hier vandaan

This is an area devoid of much vegatation just before Campamento Británico, or simply British Campsit...

First view of Cerro Catedral

E: Panorama of Valle del frances - the Jewl in the Crown

door Arroz Marisco, 2.9 hier vandaan

Further up from Campamento Británico with some scrambling is the Mirador for the famed Valle del Fran...

Panorama of Valle del frances - the Jewl in the Crown

F: By the Foot of Cerro Paine Grande

door Arroz Marisco, 3.3 hier vandaan

The trail of the "W" Trek is not vey well maintained - there hasn't been much upkeep done since I las...

By the Foot of Cerro Paine Grande

G: torres paine national park. chile

door luis davilla, 3.8 hier vandaan

torres paine national park. chile

torres paine national park. chile

H: The Carnage at Lago Nordenskjöld 2012

door Arroz Marisco, 5.7 hier vandaan

If trees were like humans, the scene here would fit the description of a carnage - charred remains on...

The Carnage at Lago Nordenskjöld 2012

I: Torres del Paine

door Jens Vischer, 6.0 hier vandaan

On the way to Miradoro de las Cuernos, even two years after the big fire one can still see its traces...

Torres del Paine

J: Cuernos del Paine at Dusk

door Arroz Marisco, 6.3 hier vandaan

Another 30 mins'walk or so from here is Refugio Los Cuernos where I would call the day. Valle Badder ...

Cuernos del Paine at Dusk

Dit panorama is genomen in South America

Dit is een overzicht van 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.

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