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 16 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 16 – Arizona

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Hollywood Sign – Los Angeles

Hollywood Sign – Los Angeles

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Local Children and Baby Alpacas – Cusco

Local Children and Baby Alpacas – Cusco

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View Over the City – Cusco

View Over the City – Cusco

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View of the Urubamba – Inca Trail

View of the Urubamba – Inca Trail

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Local Men – Amantani Island

Local Men – Amantani Island

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Grand Canyon 6 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 6 – Arizona

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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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Mural on Av Libertador – Santiago

Mural on Av Libertador – Santiago

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Mountains and Steppe – Altiplano

Mountains and Steppe – Altiplano

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On The Mississippi – New Orleans

On The Mississippi – New Orleans

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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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Metropolitan Cathedral at Plaza De Armas – Santiago

Metropolitan Cathedral at Plaza De Armas – Santiago

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Iglesia de San Francisco – La Paz

Iglesia de San Francisco – La Paz

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Volcano El Misti – Arequipa

Volcano El Misti – Arequipa

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Grand Canyon 14 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 14 – Arizona

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Steam and Steppe – Altiplano

Steam and Steppe – Altiplano

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Manhatten – New York

Manhatten – New York

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Dried out Alpacas – Ollantaytambo

Dried out Alpacas – 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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Plaza de Armas Colonade – Cusco

Plaza de Armas Colonade – Cusco

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Across the Valley – Colca Canyon

Across the Valley – Colca Canyon

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Grand Canyon 5 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 5 – Arizona

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Alpaca Wool – Cusco

Alpaca Wool – Cusco

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Inca Megalithic Stones – Sacsayhuaman

Inca Megalithic Stones – Sacsayhuaman

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Palacio de la Real Audiencia – Santiago

Palacio de la Real Audiencia – Santiago

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Grand Central Station – New York

Grand Central Station – New York

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Matt Damon Star Hollywood Boulevard – Los Angeles

Matt Damon Star Hollywood Boulevard – Los Angeles

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Grand Canyon 10 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 10 – Arizona

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Grand Canyon 12 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 12 – Arizona

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The Cathedral – Cusco

The Cathedral – Cusco

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Grand Canyon 4 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 4 – Arizona

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Strange Shrine – La Paz

Strange Shrine – La Paz

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Mountainside View – Machu Picchu

Mountainside View – Machu Picchu

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A Hotel Made of Salt – Salar de Uyuni

A Hotel Made of Salt – Salar de Uyuni

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Iglesia Catedral – La Serena

Iglesia Catedral – La Serena

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Child with Cookies – Cerro Rico

Child with Cookies – Cerro Rico

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Hotel at Sunset – Uyuni

Hotel at Sunset – Uyuni

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Plaza de la Libertad – Sucre

Plaza de la Libertad – Sucre

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Getting Squashed – Salar de Uyuni

Getting Squashed – Salar de Uyuni

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Ground Zero – New York

Ground Zero – New York

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Salt Mounds – Salar de Uyuni

Salt Mounds – Salar de Uyuni

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Terraza Neptuno at Cerro Santa Lucia – Santiago

Terraza Neptuno at Cerro Santa Lucia – Santiago

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Salvador Dali Rock – Altiplano

Salvador Dali Rock – Altiplano

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Iglesia de San Pedro – San Pedro de Atacama

Iglesia de San Pedro – San Pedro de Atacama

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Train Cemetery – Uyuni

Train Cemetery – Uyuni

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Near Puca Pucara and Tambo Machay – Cusco

Near Puca Pucara and Tambo Machay – Cusco

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Inca Ruins – Cusco

Inca Ruins – Cusco

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Alpaca or Llama or Vicuna? – Cusco

Alpaca or Llama or Vicuna? – Cusco

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Lake and Mountain – Altiplano

Lake and Mountain – Altiplano

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