The Valley of Caterpillars
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The Valley of Caterpillars

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The clouds have now coalesced and the storm is about to unleash its full force of elements. The ground here is covered with billions of caterpillars and one has to tread carefully and tentatively with each step to avoid crushing these  brightly coloured creatures.

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A: Where is Río Paya Huichinta ?

door Arroz Marisco, 1.2 hier vandaan

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B: Brewing Storm over Condoriri

door Arroz Marisco, 2.2 hier vandaan

Last view of Nevada Condoriri before the broad nature of the col between Pico Aguja Negra (5336m) and...

Brewing Storm over Condoriri

C: Condoriri

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D: Leaving Condoriri

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I left the the following day via this pass at 5100m to cross over to the valley on the other side. Th...

Leaving Condoriri

E: Clearing Sky over Cerro Mulamaniya

door Arroz Marisco, 2.7 hier vandaan

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Clearing Sky over Cerro Mulamaniya

F: Storm over Condoriri

door Arroz Marisco, 3.1 hier vandaan

Just before dusk, a storm swept past Condoriri showering the landscape with rain and hailstones.

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G: First Ray at Dawn, Condoriri

door Arroz Marisco, 3.5 hier vandaan

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First Ray at Dawn, Condoriri

H: Laguna Tuni

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I: Sunrise over Huayna Potosí at 5200m

door Arroz Marisco, 11.4 hier vandaan

The sun has finally risen after a long cold and sleepless night at this 5,200m high mountain hut righ...

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J: The View from the Summit of Chacaltaya (5,421m)

door Arroz Marisco, 18.3 hier vandaan

A relatively short walk from the now defunct ski-lift area will take one to reach an astonishing alti...

The View from the Summit of Chacaltaya (5,421m)

Dit panorama is genomen in Bolivia, 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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