When Heaven and Earth Merge - Alone on the Giant Mirror of Uyuni
By the time the sun finally rose above the clouds, I had already waded some distance out. The submerged salt flats now shimmered like a translucent white jade under the water.
This is the first time that I had myself in any of my 360° panoramas as the temptation was just irresistable.
Isla Incahausi with its giant cacti basking under a cloudless sky. It is difficult to get an exact wh...
After the spectacular sunrise at the top of the island, I wasted no time running down to the submerge...
The salt flat is not perfectly flat and nearer to the "island" it is no longer submerged but the tarr...
Fish Island on the outskirts of Salar de Uyuni, the worlds largest high altitude salt flats.The fossi...
A giant belt of cloud soon spreaded out and filled up the blue sky later on in the morning. The Salar...
Fish Island on the outskirts of Salar de Uyuni, the worlds largest high altitude salt flats.
Shooting spot of original salt hotel located in the Uyuni salt lake. There is no national flag of all...
Uyuni salt lake
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.