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.

Statue of Liberty – New York

Statue of Liberty – New York

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Hollywood Sign – Los Angeles

Hollywood Sign – Los Angeles

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Hanging Dummy – La Paz

Hanging Dummy – La Paz

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Stone Architecture – Machu Picchu

Stone Architecture – Machu Picchu

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Grand Canyon 7 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 7 – Arizona

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Alpaca Wool – Cusco

Alpaca Wool – Cusco

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Grand Canyon 10 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 10 – Arizona

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Mountainside View – Machu Picchu

Mountainside View – Machu Picchu

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Grand Canyon 2 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 2 – Arizona

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View of the Urubamba – Inca Trail

View of the Urubamba – Inca Trail

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Grand Canyon 9 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 9 – Arizona

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Empire State Building – New York

Empire State Building – New York

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Ground Zero – New York

Ground Zero – New York

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Near Dead Womans Pass – Inca Trail

Near Dead Womans Pass – Inca Trail

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Window in Mid Air – New Orleans

Window in Mid Air – New Orleans

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Plaza de Armas Colonade – Cusco

Plaza de Armas Colonade – Cusco

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Castillo Hidalgo at Cerro Santa Lucia – Santiago

Castillo Hidalgo at Cerro Santa Lucia – Santiago

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Terracing – Machu Picchu

Terracing – Machu Picchu

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Near Puca Pucara and Tambo Machay – Cusco

Near Puca Pucara and Tambo Machay – Cusco

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In the Sacred Valley – Inca Trail

In the Sacred Valley – Inca Trail

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Hollywood – Los Angeles

Hollywood – Los Angeles

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Siren’s Fountain Plaza de Armas – La Serena

Siren’s Fountain Plaza de Armas – La Serena

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Boulders – Machu Picchu

Boulders – Machu Picchu

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Skyscrapers – New York

Skyscrapers – New York

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Child with Cookies – Cerro Rico

Child with Cookies – Cerro Rico

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A Misty Morning on the Trail – Inca Trail

A Misty Morning on the Trail – Inca Trail

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Volcano El Misti – Arequipa

Volcano El Misti – Arequipa

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Grand Canyon 4 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 4 – Arizona

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Grand Canyon 5 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 5 – Arizona

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Main Street – San Pedro de Atacama

Main Street – San Pedro de Atacama

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A Street Corner – Sucre

A Street Corner – Sucre

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Miner’s Shrine – Cerro Rico

Miner’s Shrine – Cerro Rico

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Sunrise over Huayna Picchu – Machu Picchu

Sunrise over Huayna Picchu – Machu Picchu

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Steam and Steppe – Altiplano

Steam and Steppe – Altiplano

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Iglesia de San Francisco – La Paz

Iglesia de San Francisco – La Paz

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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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Palacio de la Real Audiencia – Santiago

Palacio de la Real Audiencia – Santiago

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Times Square – New York

Times Square – New York

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Best Coffee Around – Ollantaytambo

Best Coffee Around – Ollantaytambo

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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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View Across the Highlands – Colca Canyon

View Across the Highlands – Colca Canyon

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A Useful Sign – Cochabamba

A Useful Sign – Cochabamba

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Delicious Beverage – Inca Kola

Delicious Beverage – Inca Kola

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Hotel at Sunset – Uyuni

Hotel at Sunset – Uyuni

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A Cross atop a Hill – Colca Canyon

A Cross atop a Hill – Colca Canyon

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Sunset on the Fortress – Ollantaytambo

Sunset on the Fortress – Ollantaytambo

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Patallacta – Inca Trail

Patallacta – Inca Trail

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Getting Squashed – Salar de Uyuni

Getting Squashed – Salar de Uyuni

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View Over the City – La Paz

View Over the City – La Paz

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View Through Window – Machu Picchu

View Through Window – Machu Picchu

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