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Williwood Sign
Willemstad, Curaçao

Williwood Sign

This tiny tropical village was sick of anonymity so the locals made this sign, which actually changed the name of the town.
12.1167, -68.9333
Bonito, Brazil

Gruta Do Lago Azul: The Blue Lake Grotto

Part of one of the largest flooded cavities on the planet, and littered with prehistoric animal bones.
-21.1448, -56.5913
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Escadaria Selarón Mosaic Steps

A 125-meter long "tribute to the Brazilian people."
-22.9153, -43.1792
More girth than any tree in the world.
Santa María del Tule, Mexico

El Árbol del Tule (The Tule Tree)

The stoutest tree in the world.
17.0464, -96.6363
(Flickr/Davidmag)
Mexico City, Mexico

Fuente de Tláloc

Diego Rivera's massive tiled fountain and failed infrastructure project.
19.4128, -99.1983
Entering the bustling lobby of Correo Mayor
Mexico City, Mexico

Palacio Postal

Gilded heaven for philatelists and architecture freaks, still in full working order despite sitting atop tremulous ground.
19.4362, -99.1373
The shelves are the structure.
Mexico City, Mexico

City of Books at Biblioteca Vasconcelos

A jaw-dropping "megalibrary" contains the complete, perusable personal book collections of five of Mexico's greatest thinkers.
19.4474, -99.1509
Synagogue Mikvé Israel-Emanuel
Willemstad, Curaçao

Synagogue Mikvé Israel-Emanuel

This centuries old synagogue has a great deal of rich mahogany woodwork yet a floor made of sand.
12.1224, -68.8824
The domes of San Pedro Claver Cathedral
Cartagena, Colombia

San Pedro Claver Museum and Cloisters

An inspired museum dedicated to the patron saint of slaves, inside the cloisters where he lived and died.
10.3992, -75.5567
The Palace of Inquisition
Cartagena, Colombia

The Palace of the Inquisition

This elegant Colombian fortress was one of the torture headquarters for the Spanish Inquisition.
10.4229, -75.5514
Merida, Venezuela

Coromoto Ice Cream Shop

Shop with the world's largest number of ice cream flavors, ranging from delightful to downright bizarre.
8.5587, -71.2026
Interior
Caracas, Venezuela

El Monumento a la Paz

Dr. Farid Mattar's Monument of Peace.
10.4835, -66.8831
Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire
Caribbean, Netherlands

Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire

This Netherlands island animal sanctuary is chock full of asses.
12.1075, -68.2606
Caracas, Venezuela

Tower of David

The world's tallest slum.
10.5053, -66.8989
Lima Cathedral
Lima, Peru

Pizarro's Tomb

Now containing the bones of the actual conquistador, instead of someone else.
-12.0931, -77.0464
Machu Picchu.
Aguas Calientes, Peru

Machu Picchu: The Lost City of The Inca

The intricate stonework of Machu Picchu serves as a testament to Incan engineers.
-13.1631, -72.5450
Sacsayhuamán
Cusco, Peru

Sacsayhuamán

The stones of this Incan wall complex fit together so well you couldn't fit a piece of paper between some of them.
-13.5098, -71.9817
The highly textured Qenqo Temple
Cusco, Peru

Qenqo Temple

Death rituals and sacrifice inside a Peruvian megalith.
-13.5182, -72.0041
One of the famous reed islands on the world's highest navigable lake.
Puno, Peru

The Uros People of Lake Titicaca

The Uros people live on floating reed islands in lake Titicaca.
-15.8188, -69.9716
Bolivia's Witch Market
La Paz, Bolivia

Bolivia's Witch Market

Popular tourist destination where witches in dark hats sell dried llama fetuses for good luck.
-16.4962, -68.1392
(Flickr/twiga269 ॐ FreeTIBET)
La Paz, Bolivia

Valle de las Animas

Bolivia's needle-like rock formations.
-16.5480, -68.0114
Daniel Campos, Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni: Bolivian Salt Flat

A seemingly endless landscape of pure salt stretches far across Bolivia.
-20.1643, -67.5714
Hand of the Desert
Chile

Hand of the Desert

A sculpture of a giant hand reaches for the stars in the middle of the Atacama desert.
-24.1585, -70.1564
El Chaltén, Argentina

Cerro Fitz Roy

The inspiration for the Patagonia Clothing logo, Cerro Fitz Roy turns pink at sunrise.
-49.3315, -72.8863