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San Francisco, California

Alcatraz Island

In all of the 29 years it was in operation, no prisoners ever escaped successfully... or so they claim.
Monterey, California

Jellyfish Exhibit at Monterey Bay Aquarium

One of the most elaborate displays of Jellyfish is on display at the aquarium.
Santiago, Chile

Monument to the Indigenous People

This sculpture meant to honor the bravery of the Indigenous Mapuche people of Chile proved controversial.
Valparaiso, Chile

La Sebastiana

Pivotal home of Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda.
Valparaiso, Chile

Elevators of Valparaiso

What was once a unique system of urban elevators is turning into a mechanical ruin.
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Pukará de Quitor

The ruins of a pre-Columbian fortress city so secure it held off the Spanish conquistadors for over 20 years.
Bogotá, Colombia

Museo Botero

A celebration of Colombia’s premier contemporary artist.
Bogotá, Colombia

Monserrate Sanctuary

Pilgrims each carried a brick to the top of Mount Monserrate to help build this historic sanctuary in Colombia.
Bogotá, Colombia

Museo del Oro

This Bogotá museum houses the world's largest collection of pre-Columbian gold relics.
Cusco, Peru

Plaza de Armas

Built on the remains of one the Incas’ most important gathering spots, this square keeps the spirit of a fallen empire alive.
Cusco, Peru

The Twelve-Angled Stone

This geometric feat is a testament to the Incas' mesmerizing architectural abilities.
Aguas Calientes, Peru

Machu Picchu: The Lost City of The Inca

The intricate stonework of Machu Picchu serves as a testament to Incan engineers.
Luján de Cuyo, Argentina

Puente del Inca

A brightly colored natural bridge formed by mineral-rich hot springs high up in the Andes.
San Antonio de Pichincha, Ecuador

Middle of the World

An elaborate shrine dedicated to the four corners of the world unfortunately misses its mark.
Ecuador

Laguna Quilotoa

A turquoise lake within a volcanic crater.
Bolivia

Laguna Verde

This lake’s emerald green waters are a spectacular sight, but it’s not a great place for a swim.
Sur Lípez, Bolivia

Salvador Dalí Desert

A desert that evokes the surreal.
Sur Lípez, Bolivia

Laguna Colorada

Red lake 4,000 meters above sea level is home to rare flamingos.
Bolivia

Great Train Graveyard

On the outskirts of a desert trading village high on the Andean plain, steel giants have been destroyed by salt winds.
Daniel Campos, Bolivia

The Bolivian Salt Flats

A seemingly endless landscape of pure salt stretches far across Bolivia.
Vik, Iceland

Reynisdrangar

Three columns of volcanic rock shoot out of the ocean.
Heimaey, Iceland

World's Largest Puffin Colony

Every summer local children form "pysja patrols" to save young birds that have wandered from their nests.
Iceland

U.S. Navy DC-3 Wreckage

This wrecked airplane husk has been sitting on a black sand beach since the 1970s.
Iceland

Gullfoss (Golden Falls)

If a glacial river suddenly diving into a sheer chasm via a dramatic, multi-stage waterfall isn't peak Iceland, it's certainly close.