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 14 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 14 – Arizona

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Grand Canyon 2 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 2 – Arizona

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A Cross atop a Hill – Colca Canyon

A Cross atop a Hill – Colca Canyon

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Grand Canyon 9 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 9 – Arizona

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Grand Canyon 1 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 1 – Arizona

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Winay Wayna – Inca Trail

Winay Wayna – Inca Trail

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Plaza de Armas Colonade – Cusco

Plaza de Armas Colonade – Cusco

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Grand Canyon 3 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 3 – Arizona

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Terraza Neptuno at Cerro Santa Lucia – Santiago

Terraza Neptuno at Cerro Santa Lucia – Santiago

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Grand Canyon 15 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 15 – Arizona

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Local Children and Baby Alpacas – Cusco

Local Children and Baby Alpacas – Cusco

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Mountains and Steppe – Altiplano

Mountains and Steppe – Altiplano

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The Stock Exchange – New York

The Stock Exchange – New York

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Near Puca Pucara and Tambo Machay – Cusco

Near Puca Pucara and Tambo Machay – Cusco

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Hollywood Sign – Los Angeles

Hollywood Sign – Los Angeles

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Across the Valley near Qenko – Cusco

Across the Valley near Qenko – Cusco

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Plaza de la Libertad – Sucre

Plaza de la Libertad – Sucre

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Main Street – San Pedro de Atacama

Main Street – San Pedro de Atacama

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Iglesia de la Merced – Potosi

Iglesia de la Merced – Potosi

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Grand Canyon 4 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 4 – Arizona

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Getting Squashed – Salar de Uyuni

Getting Squashed – Salar de Uyuni

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Jesus Statue – Cochabamba

Jesus Statue – Cochabamba

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Statue of Liberty – New York

Statue of Liberty – New York

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A Hotel Made of Salt – Salar de Uyuni

A Hotel Made of Salt – Salar de Uyuni

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Castillo Hidalgo at Cerro Santa Lucia – Santiago

Castillo Hidalgo at Cerro Santa Lucia – Santiago

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Vicunas – Colca Canyon

Vicunas – Colca Canyon

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Across Lake Titicaca – Taquile Island

Across Lake Titicaca – Taquile Island

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Stone Carving in the Museo Historico Nacional – Santiago

Stone Carving in the Museo Historico Nacional – Santiago

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Grand Canyon 6 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 6 – Arizona

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Grand Canyon 16 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 16 – Arizona

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Palacio de la Real Audiencia – Santiago

Palacio de la Real Audiencia – Santiago

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Inca Megalithic Stones – Sacsayhuaman

Inca Megalithic Stones – Sacsayhuaman

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A Street Corner – Sucre

A Street Corner – Sucre

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Grand Canyon 12 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 12 – Arizona

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Dinosaurio in the Valle de la Luna – San Pedro de Atacama

Dinosaurio in the Valle de la Luna – San Pedro de Atacama

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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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Metropolitan Cathedral at Plaza De Armas – Santiago

Metropolitan Cathedral at Plaza De Armas – Santiago

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Terracing – Colca Canyon

Terracing – Colca Canyon

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Sleeping Llama – Machu Picchu

Sleeping Llama – Machu Picchu

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Hollywood – Los Angeles

Hollywood – Los Angeles

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Iglesia Catedral – La Serena

Iglesia Catedral – La Serena

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View Through Window – Machu Picchu

View Through Window – Machu Picchu

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View of the Andes Across the City – Santiago

View of the Andes Across the City – Santiago

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Siren’s Fountain Plaza de Armas – La Serena

Siren’s Fountain Plaza de Armas – La Serena

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Palacio de la Moneda – Santiago

Palacio de la Moneda – Santiago

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Sunset on the Fortress – Ollantaytambo

Sunset on the Fortress – Ollantaytambo

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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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Grand Canyon 13 – Arizona

Grand Canyon 13 – Arizona

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Open Tombs – Colca Canyon

Open Tombs – Colca Canyon

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