Cerro Calvario, Copacabana
Copacabana is a popular lakeside resort for Bolivians and gringos alike - a springboard to the much-hyped Isla del Sol as well as across the border to neighbouring Peru.
A small town with a very touristy atmosphere there are more tourists per square mile here than llamas - unless you wander into the nearby villages where things become more interesting.
The hike up to Cerro Calvaria takes about 30-40 mins at most and is not particularly strenuous once one is acclimatized. The view across lake Titicaca as well as into the town and the surrounding areas however is quite rewarding and should not be missed.
Up here I decided to hike up to the small hill opposite with a telegraph pole as well as to the more-or-less cone shaped mountain further back along the road the following day.
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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.