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I was mesmerized by this rainbow straddling one of the 275 cascades that comprise the Iguazu Falls. The Falls take their name from the Guarani word for "great water", a truly appropriate name for this majestic work of nature nestled deep within the jungles of Brazil and Argentina. The deafening roar of the water as it fell 82 meters was truly astounding.

This Argentinian gaucho kindly allowed me to borrow his spirited stallion so that I could experience the fertile lowlands called the Pampas, as he has come to know them, with the wind singing in my ears as the treeless greens flashed by.

I sit atop Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro surveying Tijuca National Park with the famous 30 meter high Christ the Redeemer statue. The statue was created between 1926 and 1931 by Heitor da Silva Costa and Paul Landoviski and is covered in a mosaic of soapstone tiles.

I view the familiar and instantly recognizable sight of Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro. The mountain rises 396 meters above sea level and is one of six monolithic morros of granite and quartz that rise from Rio's coast. One may also glimpse the glass-paneled cable car in this photograph which has been delighting visitors with its views since 1912.