Come nightfall in South America, things hotten up as indigenous Andean instruments and African rhythms start up. It’s the accompanying movement that draws all the attention though. Get too close for comfort in sweaty Colombian salsa joints, eat late suppers before Tango-ing in the suburbs of Buenos Aires or learn the steps to a Bolivian folk caporales. Some dance to remember, some dance to forget.
Over 60% of the world’s tropical rainforest dwells in the Amazon Basin; it covets transparent glass frogs that permanently display their innards, Jesus lizards skittering atop waterways, Planet Earth’s crocodile-hunting jaguars and capybara – the largest rodent you can find. Then there’s what we don’t know – nameless human tribes and undocumented wildlife still being discovered to this day.
The length of the Andes Mountains means they inevitably find themselves in the middle of nowhere. The largest mountain range outside of Asia hosts the world’s highest active volcanoes, foothills and slopes to accommodate new world wines and eventually the bleak beauty of the sparsely populated Patagonia. Then there’s the Galápagos, the volcanic chain of islands whose renowned endemic species inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution.