The Americas

This enormous continent spans the globe almost from top to bottom. The Americas consists of 2 main chunks: The USA and Canada in the northern hemisphere; and “Latin America” which has Central America and South America spanning from the northern down into the southern hemisphere. The US and Canada are mainly English-speaking, whilst Latin America is mainly Spanish and Portuguese. A large part of Canada speaks French, and of course there are many indigenous languages spoken all over the continent. For most westerners, travel to the USA will be a familiar experience. America’s culture is pervasive – Hollywood, New York, Cowboys and so on. Most people have heard of these and that is part of the attraction. As it’s such a huge country, there is enormous variety. The “deep south” with its jazz, amazing food, humidity and history sits in stark contrast to the wine growing affluence of California and the glamour and glitz of Hollywood. The east coast is more different still, with its New England feel and of course the Big Apple. Down to South America and you’re almost on a different planet. A different culture, language, cuisine and way of doing things. The southern mass of the Americas is without doubt the more exotic, mysterious and dangerous feeling. The draws of Peru are many, including the Inca Trail and Lake Titicaca. Bolivia is simply wonderful, and a trip to the Altiplano is essential if you go there. Chile, one of the richer and modernised countries on the continent, is also full of delights. All these countries in South America are set against the backdrop of The Andes, which seem to be in view almost everywhere, making for an exhilarating experience for the adventurous.

Palacio de la Real Audiencia – Santiago

Palacio de la Real Audiencia – Santiago

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Grand Canyon 12 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 12 – Arizona

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On The Mississippi – New Orleans

On The Mississippi – New Orleans

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Grand Canyon 15 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 15 – Arizona

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Ground Zero – New York

Ground Zero – New York

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Grand Canyon 9 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 9 – Arizona

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Central Park – New York

Central Park – New York

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Wiracochan in the Rock – Ollantaytambo

Wiracochan in the Rock – Ollantaytambo

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Grand Canyon 14 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 14 – Arizona

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A Street Corner – Sucre

A Street Corner – Sucre

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Near Dead Womans Pass – Inca Trail

Near Dead Womans Pass – Inca Trail

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Near Puca Pucara and Tambo Machay – Cusco

Near Puca Pucara and Tambo Machay – Cusco

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Stone Carving in the Museo Historico Nacional – Santiago

Stone Carving in the Museo Historico Nacional – Santiago

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Lake and Mountain – Altiplano

Lake and Mountain – Altiplano

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Across the Valley – Colca Canyon

Across the Valley – Colca Canyon

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Vicunas – Colca Canyon

Vicunas – Colca Canyon

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Grand Canyon 6 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 6 – Arizona

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Coca Museum – La Paz

Coca Museum – La Paz

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Best Coffee Around – Ollantaytambo

Best Coffee Around – Ollantaytambo

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The Sacred Valley – Inca Trail

The Sacred Valley – Inca Trail

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The Stock Exchange – New York

The Stock Exchange – New York

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Dinosaurio in the Valle de la Luna – San Pedro de Atacama

Dinosaurio in the Valle de la Luna – San Pedro de Atacama

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Salt Mounds – Salar de Uyuni

Salt Mounds – Salar de Uyuni

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Goalpost in the Middle of Nowhere – Salar de Uyuni

Goalpost in the Middle of Nowhere – Salar de Uyuni

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Siren’s Fountain Plaza de Armas – La Serena

Siren’s Fountain Plaza de Armas – La Serena

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Piles and Piles of Salt Everywhere – Salar de Uyuni

Piles and Piles of Salt Everywhere – Salar de Uyuni

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Boulders – Machu Picchu

Boulders – Machu Picchu

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Salvador Dali Rock – Altiplano

Salvador Dali Rock – Altiplano

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Across the Valley near Qenko – Cusco

Across the Valley near Qenko – Cusco

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How to Transport a Bus – Lake Titicaca

How to Transport a Bus – Lake Titicaca

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Volcano El Misti – Arequipa

Volcano El Misti – Arequipa

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Sleeping Llama – Machu Picchu

Sleeping Llama – Machu Picchu

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Local Children and Baby Alpacas – Cusco

Local Children and Baby Alpacas – Cusco

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Winay Wayna – Inca Trail

Winay Wayna – Inca Trail

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Stone Architecture – Machu Picchu

Stone Architecture – Machu Picchu

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View of the Andes Across the City – Santiago

View of the Andes Across the City – Santiago

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Matt Damon Star Hollywood Boulevard – Los Angeles

Matt Damon Star Hollywood Boulevard – Los Angeles

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Metropolitan Cathedral at Plaza De Armas – Santiago

Metropolitan Cathedral at Plaza De Armas – Santiago

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Getting Squashed – Salar de Uyuni

Getting Squashed – Salar de Uyuni

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Alpaca or Llama or Vicuna? – Cusco

Alpaca or Llama or Vicuna? – Cusco

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Inca Megalithic Stones – Sacsayhuaman

Inca Megalithic Stones – Sacsayhuaman

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Grand Canyon 4 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 4 – Arizona

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Terracing – Colca Canyon

Terracing – Colca Canyon

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Mural on Av Libertador – Santiago

Mural on Av Libertador – Santiago

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Times Square – New York

Times Square – New York

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Sunset in the Valle de la Luna – San Pedro de Atacama

Sunset in the Valle de la Luna – San Pedro de Atacama

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Hollywood – Los Angeles

Hollywood – Los Angeles

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A Church – Arequipa

A Church – Arequipa

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Hanging Dummy – La Paz

Hanging Dummy – La Paz

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Skyscrapers – New York

Skyscrapers – New York

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