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Welcome to South America

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Introducing South America

South America is the fourth largest continent. There are 13 countries that make up this continent. South America ranks fourth in area and in population, after Eurasia, Africa, and North America. South America is brimming with marvelous attractions. From the Amazon Rainforest... to the deserts and mountains of Chili... to the coast line of Brazil... this continent has much to offer. There is so much to see and do that you could spend a whole year traveling the continent and still have years more worth of things to see and do. Travelers can find science, nature and history exhibiting throughout the continent as well as a host of natural attractions, from volcanoes to cold glaciers and strange animals.
The Amazon River of South America is one of the longest two rivers on Earth, the Nile River in Africa being the other. The Amazon has by far the greatest total flow of any river, carrying more than the Mississippi, Nile, and Yangtze rivers combined. It also has the largest drainage area of any river system. One of the most famous animals that live in the Amazon River is the piranha fish. They are known for their sharp teeth and an aggressive appetite for meat and flesh. The largest snake in the world, the Anaconda, lives in the rivers and dense forests of South America. Brightly colored poisonous frogs live inside the forests. The camel-like Llama is another important animal that lives in South America.
Planning a trip to South America can be a difficult task. There is so much to see and do, and the area is so large that you simply cannot just choose what you want to see and then do it all. You have to plan carefully to see things that are located near each other so you don't end up flying or taking long bus rides every day.

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