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.

Castillo Hidalgo at Cerro Santa Lucia – Santiago

Castillo Hidalgo at Cerro Santa Lucia – Santiago

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Ground Zero – New York

Ground Zero – New York

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Boulders – Machu Picchu

Boulders – Machu Picchu

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On The Mississippi – New Orleans

On The Mississippi – New Orleans

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Uros Floating Islands – Lake Titicaca

Uros Floating Islands – Lake Titicaca

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Stone Architecture – Machu Picchu

Stone Architecture – Machu Picchu

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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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View Through Window – Machu Picchu

View Through Window – Machu Picchu

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Las Tres Marias in the Valle de la Luna – San Pedro de Atacama

Las Tres Marias in the Valle de la Luna – San Pedro de Atacama

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A Hotel Made of Salt – Salar de Uyuni

A Hotel Made of Salt – Salar de Uyuni

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Sunrise over Huayna Picchu – Machu Picchu

Sunrise over Huayna Picchu – Machu Picchu

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Cathedral in the Plaza Mayor – Lima

Cathedral in the Plaza Mayor – Lima

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Grand Canyon 6 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 6 – Arizona

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View Over the City – La Paz

View Over the City – La Paz

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Dried out Alpacas – Ollantaytambo

Dried out Alpacas – Ollantaytambo

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Winay Wayna – Inca Trail

Winay Wayna – Inca Trail

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Delicious Beverage – Inca Kola

Delicious Beverage – Inca Kola

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Hollywood Sign – Los Angeles

Hollywood Sign – Los Angeles

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Manhatten – New York

Manhatten – New York

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Hotel at Sunset – Uyuni

Hotel at Sunset – Uyuni

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Iglesia Catedral – La Serena

Iglesia Catedral – La Serena

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Local Men – Amantani Island

Local Men – Amantani Island

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Wiracochan in the Rock – Ollantaytambo

Wiracochan in the Rock – Ollantaytambo

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Salted Flamingo – Salar de Uyuni

Salted Flamingo – Salar de Uyuni

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A Cross atop a Hill – Colca Canyon

A Cross atop a Hill – Colca Canyon

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Best Coffee Around – Ollantaytambo

Best Coffee Around – Ollantaytambo

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Grand Canyon 1 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 1 – Arizona

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Miner’s Shrine – Cerro Rico

Miner’s Shrine – Cerro Rico

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Plaza 6 de Agosto – Potosi

Plaza 6 de Agosto – Potosi

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Alpaca Wool – Cusco

Alpaca Wool – Cusco

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Getting Squashed – Salar de Uyuni

Getting Squashed – Salar de Uyuni

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Strange Shrine – La Paz

Strange Shrine – La Paz

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Grand Canyon 5 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 5 – Arizona

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Local Children and Baby Alpacas – Cusco

Local Children and Baby Alpacas – Cusco

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A Useful Sign – Cochabamba

A Useful Sign – Cochabamba

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Patallacta – Inca Trail

Patallacta – Inca Trail

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Iglesia de San Francisco – La Paz

Iglesia de San Francisco – La Paz

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Main Street – San Pedro de Atacama

Main Street – San Pedro de Atacama

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Llamas – Machu Picchu

Llamas – Machu Picchu

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Steam and Steppe – Altiplano

Steam and Steppe – Altiplano

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Plaza de la Libertad – Sucre

Plaza de la Libertad – Sucre

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View Over the City – Cusco

View Over the City – Cusco

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Iglesia de San Pedro – San Pedro de Atacama

Iglesia de San Pedro – San Pedro de Atacama

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The Cathedral – Cusco

The Cathedral – Cusco

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Central Park – New York

Central Park – New York

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Having a Smoke – Salar de Uyuni

Having a Smoke – Salar de Uyuni

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Dried Alpaca Foetus – La Paz

Dried Alpaca Foetus – La Paz

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Metropolitan Cathedral at Plaza De Armas – Santiago

Metropolitan Cathedral at Plaza De Armas – Santiago

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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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Hanging Dummy – La Paz

Hanging Dummy – La Paz

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