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.

Winay Wayna – Inca Trail

Winay Wayna – Inca Trail

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A Cross atop a Hill – Colca Canyon

A Cross atop a Hill – Colca Canyon

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Grand Canyon 3 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 3 – Arizona

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Terracing – Colca Canyon

Terracing – Colca Canyon

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Empire State Building – New York

Empire State Building – New York

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The Sacred Valley – Inca Trail

The Sacred Valley – Inca Trail

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Main Street – San Pedro de Atacama

Main Street – San Pedro de Atacama

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Times Square – New York

Times Square – New York

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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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Grand Canyon 14 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 14 – Arizona

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Sleeping Llama – Machu Picchu

Sleeping Llama – Machu Picchu

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Strange Shrine – La Paz

Strange Shrine – La Paz

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Metropolitan Cathedral at Plaza De Armas – Santiago

Metropolitan Cathedral at Plaza De Armas – Santiago

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How to Transport a Bus – Lake Titicaca

How to Transport a Bus – Lake Titicaca

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Iglesia de San Pedro – San Pedro de Atacama

Iglesia de San Pedro – San Pedro de Atacama

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Grand Canyon 9 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 9 – Arizona

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View of the Andes Across the City – Santiago

View of the Andes Across the City – Santiago

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View Over the City – Cusco

View Over the City – Cusco

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Cathedral in the Plaza Mayor – Lima

Cathedral in the Plaza Mayor – Lima

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Grand Canyon 10 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 10 – Arizona

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A Misty Morning on the Trail – Inca Trail

A Misty Morning on the Trail – Inca Trail

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Window in Mid Air – New Orleans

Window in Mid Air – New Orleans

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Train Cemetery – Uyuni

Train Cemetery – Uyuni

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Grand Canyon 8 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 8 – Arizona

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Across the Valley near Qenko – Cusco

Across the Valley near Qenko – Cusco

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Alpaca or Llama or Vicuna? – Cusco

Alpaca or Llama or Vicuna? – Cusco

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Local Children and Baby Alpacas – Cusco

Local Children and Baby Alpacas – Cusco

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Getting Squashed – Salar de Uyuni

Getting Squashed – Salar de Uyuni

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Iglesia de San Francisco – La Paz

Iglesia de San Francisco – La Paz

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Across Lake Titicaca – Taquile Island

Across Lake Titicaca – Taquile Island

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Grand Canyon 7 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 7 – Arizona

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Miner’s Shrine – Cerro Rico

Miner’s Shrine – Cerro Rico

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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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Palacio de la Moneda – Santiago

Palacio de la Moneda – Santiago

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Coca Museum – La Paz

Coca Museum – La Paz

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View of Lake Titicaca – Taquile Island

View of Lake Titicaca – Taquile Island

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View Through Window – Machu Picchu

View Through Window – Machu Picchu

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Sunrise over Huayna Picchu – Machu Picchu

Sunrise over Huayna Picchu – Machu Picchu

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Hollywood – Los Angeles

Hollywood – Los Angeles

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Alpaca Wool – Cusco

Alpaca Wool – Cusco

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Grand Canyon 6 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 6 – Arizona

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Best Coffee Around – Ollantaytambo

Best Coffee Around – Ollantaytambo

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Salt Mounds – Salar de Uyuni

Salt Mounds – Salar de Uyuni

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A Church – Arequipa

A Church – Arequipa

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Volcano El Misti – Arequipa

Volcano El Misti – Arequipa

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View Across the Highlands – Colca Canyon

View Across the Highlands – Colca Canyon

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Grand Canyon 11 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 11 – Arizona

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Mississippi Paddle Boat – New Orleans

Mississippi Paddle Boat – New Orleans

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Terracing – Machu Picchu

Terracing – Machu Picchu

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Plaza de la Libertad – Sucre

Plaza de la Libertad – Sucre

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