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.

Emilio Campi - 360 Total
Eco-Park Pesca na Montanha
Emilio Campi - 360 Total
Pedra do Baú (Stone Chest)
Luciano Correa | Vista Panorâmica
Ilhabela - Old Village
H.David Muñoz RV360
Christmas Lights on Medellin
J-P. Scherrer
Manaira Beach, Joao Pessoa, Brazil
H.David Muñoz RV360
Christmas Lights in Medellin
J-P. Scherrer
In my underground parking !
Alex Rezende
Todo do Mundo
Walter Scavuzzo
Obelisco
gaston esferico
Geselplaya
Gerardo Antonio Sánchez Torres
Clase al aire libre
Gerardo Antonio Sánchez Torres
Kinder Musical
Honza Kudr
Union Island - The Grenadines, sea conch shells
Luciano Correa | Vista Panoramica
On summit of Pedra do Bau
Luciano Correa | Vista Panoramica
Pedra do Bau, this is the end of climbing Teto do Bico
Luciano Correa | Vista Panoramica
Pedra do Bau route for rock climbing
Lutalivre
Emile Duijker
Art museum in Niteroi, Rio de janeiro
Neil Parris
Perito Moreno Glacier
Gerardo Antonio Sánchez Torres
Recorder concert at Arzobispal Palace in Merida Venezuela