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.

Grand Canyon 15 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 15 – Arizona

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Ground Zero – New York

Ground Zero – New York

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On The Mississippi – New Orleans

On The Mississippi – New Orleans

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A Cross atop a Hill – Colca Canyon

A Cross atop a Hill – Colca Canyon

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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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Hollywood – Los Angeles

Hollywood – Los Angeles

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Catedral Basilica – Sucre

Catedral Basilica – Sucre

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A Church – Arequipa

A Church – Arequipa

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Alpaca Wool – Cusco

Alpaca Wool – Cusco

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Sunrise over Huayna Picchu – Machu Picchu

Sunrise over Huayna Picchu – Machu Picchu

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Miner’s Shrine – Cerro Rico

Miner’s Shrine – Cerro Rico

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View of the Urubamba – Inca Trail

View of the Urubamba – Inca Trail

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Grand Canyon 10 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 10 – Arizona

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A Useful Sign – Cochabamba

A Useful Sign – Cochabamba

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Stone Carving in the Museo Historico Nacional – Santiago

Stone Carving in the Museo Historico Nacional – Santiago

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Hotel at Sunset – Uyuni

Hotel at Sunset – Uyuni

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Manhatten – New York

Manhatten – New York

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Grand Canyon 2 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 2 – Arizona

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Grand Canyon 14 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 14 – Arizona

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Plaza 6 de Agosto – Potosi

Plaza 6 de Agosto – Potosi

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Patallacta – Inca Trail

Patallacta – Inca Trail

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Alpaca or Llama or Vicuna? – Cusco

Alpaca or Llama or Vicuna? – Cusco

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Terraza Neptuno at Cerro Santa Lucia – Santiago

Terraza Neptuno at Cerro Santa Lucia – Santiago

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Empire State Building – New York

Empire State Building – New York

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Grand Canyon 5 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 5 – Arizona

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View Over the City – Cusco

View Over the City – Cusco

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Salted Flamingo – Salar de Uyuni

Salted Flamingo – Salar de Uyuni

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Train Cemetery – Uyuni

Train Cemetery – Uyuni

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Window in Mid Air – New Orleans

Window in Mid Air – New Orleans

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Lake and Mountain – Altiplano

Lake and Mountain – Altiplano

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Inca Megalithic Stones – Sacsayhuaman

Inca Megalithic Stones – Sacsayhuaman

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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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Palacio de la Real Audiencia – Santiago

Palacio de la Real Audiencia – Santiago

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The Cathedral – Cusco

The Cathedral – Cusco

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Grand Canyon 13 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 13 – Arizona

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Trail Vendor – Inca Trail

Trail Vendor – Inca Trail

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Grand Canyon 8 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 8 – Arizona

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Winay Wayna – Inca Trail

Winay Wayna – Inca Trail

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Best Coffee Around – Ollantaytambo

Best Coffee Around – Ollantaytambo

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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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Mississippi Paddle Boat – New Orleans

Mississippi Paddle Boat – New Orleans

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Grand Central Station – New York

Grand Central Station – New York

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Sunset on the Fortress – Ollantaytambo

Sunset on the Fortress – Ollantaytambo

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Castillo Hidalgo at Cerro Santa Lucia – Santiago

Castillo Hidalgo at Cerro Santa Lucia – 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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Local Transport – Potosi

Local Transport – Potosi

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Metropolitan Cathedral at Plaza De Armas – Santiago

Metropolitan Cathedral at Plaza De Armas – Santiago

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Brooklyn Bridge – New York

Brooklyn Bridge – New York

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Grand Canyon 12 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 12 – Arizona

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