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.

A Useful Sign – Cochabamba

A Useful Sign – Cochabamba

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Skyscrapers – New York

Skyscrapers – New York

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Having a Smoke – Salar de Uyuni

Having a Smoke – Salar de Uyuni

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Inca Megalithic Stones – Sacsayhuaman

Inca Megalithic Stones – Sacsayhuaman

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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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Train Cemetery – Uyuni

Train Cemetery – Uyuni

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Catedral Basilica – Sucre

Catedral Basilica – Sucre

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Stone Carving in the Museo Historico Nacional – Santiago

Stone Carving in the Museo Historico Nacional – Santiago

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Across the Valley near Qenko – Cusco

Across the Valley near Qenko – Cusco

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Grand Canyon 5 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 5 – Arizona

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Sleeping Llama – Machu Picchu

Sleeping Llama – Machu Picchu

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Llamas – Machu Picchu

Llamas – Machu Picchu

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View Through Window – Machu Picchu

View Through Window – Machu Picchu

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Palacio de la Moneda – Santiago

Palacio de la Moneda – Santiago

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Lake and Mountain – Altiplano

Lake and Mountain – Altiplano

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View of Lake Titicaca – Taquile Island

View of Lake Titicaca – Taquile Island

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Salted Flamingo – Salar de Uyuni

Salted Flamingo – Salar de Uyuni

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Grand Canyon 12 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 12 – Arizona

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Dried Alpaca Foetus – La Paz

Dried Alpaca Foetus – La Paz

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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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A Hotel Made of Salt – Salar de Uyuni

A Hotel Made of Salt – Salar de Uyuni

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Ground Zero – New York

Ground Zero – 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 16 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 16 – Arizona

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Grand Canyon 14 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 14 – Arizona

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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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Goalpost in the Middle of Nowhere – Salar de Uyuni

Goalpost in the Middle of Nowhere – Salar de Uyuni

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View Across the Rio Patacancha – Ollantaytambo

View Across the Rio Patacancha – Ollantaytambo

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Stop Sign Middle of Nowhere – Altiplano

Stop Sign Middle of Nowhere – Altiplano

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Child with Cookies – Cerro Rico

Child with Cookies – Cerro Rico

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Terraza Neptuno at Cerro Santa Lucia – Santiago

Terraza Neptuno at Cerro Santa Lucia – Santiago

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In the Sacred Valley – Inca Trail

In the Sacred Valley – Inca Trail

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Terracing – Machu Picchu

Terracing – Machu Picchu

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A Street Corner – Sucre

A Street Corner – Sucre

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Statue of Liberty – New York

Statue of Liberty – New York

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Plaza de la Libertad – Sucre

Plaza de la Libertad – Sucre

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Across the Valley – Colca Canyon

Across the Valley – Colca Canyon

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Jesus Statue – Cochabamba

Jesus Statue – Cochabamba

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Grand Canyon 10 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 10 – Arizona

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Empire State Building – New York

Empire State Building – New York

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Mississippi Paddle Boat – New Orleans

Mississippi Paddle Boat – New Orleans

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Grand Canyon 6 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 6 – Arizona

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Grand Canyon 4 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 4 – Arizona

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Grand Canyon 15 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 15 – Arizona

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Iglesia de la Merced – Potosi

Iglesia de la Merced – Potosi

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Palacio de la Real Audiencia – Santiago

Palacio de la Real Audiencia – Santiago

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Main Street – San Pedro de Atacama

Main Street – San Pedro de Atacama

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Grand Canyon 11 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 11 – Arizona

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