A view of the famous Cuernos Del Paine in Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile. The Cuernos are formed from two different types of rock, each a different color. The southernmost peak (righ hand side on this view) is Cuerno Principle. 2400m.
To the south is Lago Pehoe, a bright blue lake which has been colored by the minerals from the melting glaciers
the large building to the west is the Refuge and Camping at Pehoe (Refugio y Cp Pehoe) . This building is home to hostel type beds, a food hall and upstairs is a bar. If you look closely you will see people sitting at the large windows of the upstairs bar.
To the north is the dark black mountain named Colina Paine Grande, 3248m above sea level.
To get to this viewpoint you take the boat across Lago Pehoe from Pudeto. Buses take you to Pudeto from the main entrance of the park.
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.