South America – not to be confused with the wider geographical region of Latin America – connects to Central America on Colombia’s northwestern border. United through the Spanish language, most South American nations work closely together, trading goods and sharing resources, while South American movies are often also co-produced by multiple nations.

South America is a continent of natural richness: Venezuela’s Angel Falls are the world’s highest waterfalls, the Amazon River Basin is the world’s largest river basin, and the Andes, running along the entire western part of the continent, is the world’s longest mountain range. Llamas, toucans, anacondas, piranhas, tapirs, jaguars, and other forms of wildlife make the lush landscapes of South America their home, and backpackers can rejoice in carefully exploring the animals’ mesmerizing habitats.

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