This Chilean observatory hotel is designed specifically for stargazing

Nestled in Chile's Elqui Valley, Elqui Domos is perfectly situated for a spectacular view of the night sky. To cater to astronomers looking to revel in the region's starry vistas, the hotel hosts its very own observatory, as well as rooms with windows pointed skyward. » 2/23/13 9:30am 2/23/13 9:30am

Watch a South American "superbird" diving 150 feet underwater

For years, it was assumed that imperial cormorants — large seabirds typically found along the southern coasts of South America — fed on fish just below the surface of the ocean. But when scientists in Argentina outfitted one with a tiny camera, they discovered that the birds are, in fact, remarkably accomplished… » 8/01/12 4:51pm 8/01/12 4:51pm

Google Street View is now available for the Amazon rainforest

Last summer, Google took its Street View cameras to the Amazon, looking to capture the same 360-degree vistas that have made the technology so useful in cities all over the world. Yesterday, the project went live. There goes the rest of your week. » 3/22/12 7:20am 3/22/12 7:20am

How to prepare and eat a sloth

You will probably never eat a sloth. For one thing, they're paralyzingly adorable. Furthermore, for as sluggish as they are, sloths meat is — surprisingly — not very tender at all; in fact, it's reported to be pretty tough and gamey. Finally, it's illegal to hunt them — and most of the South American tribes that can… » 2/20/12 12:40pm 2/20/12 12:40pm

The ancestor of all American rodents really came from Africa

Paleontologists recently discovered rodent teeth in Peru dating back over 41 million years, making them the oldest evidence of rodents in the Americas. But despite its location, this rodent was far more closely related to today's African, not American, rodents. » 10/17/11 11:46am 10/17/11 11:46am

Say hello to one of the world's most mysterious animals

This is one of the few photos ever taken of the giant armadillo, a five feet long behemoth that lives a nocturnal, solitary life in isolated wetlands of central Brazil. You can probably see why these things are so rare. » 9/26/11 12:44pm 9/26/11 12:44pm

Llama poop was the secret to the success of the Inca civilization

The most powerful civilization in South America before the arrival of Europeans was the mighty Inca empire, which ruled much of the continent's Pacific coast from their home in the Peru highlands. And it's all thanks to copious llama crap. » 5/22/11 7:00am 5/22/11 7:00am

Wolf spiders are the first known species where the male cannibalizes…

Several kinds of female animals, including spiders, are known to devour their male counterparts, often right after they finish having sex. But every so often, the female isn't deadlier than the male, as South America's wolf spider will tell you. » 4/13/11 10:59am 4/13/11 10:59am

The Ants that Destroyed the World

The apocalypse may begin with swarming ants. New, deadlier species keep popping up: Researchers at University of Texas recently discovered » 9/18/08 2:00pm 9/18/08 2:00pm a new ant species in the Amazon, which they named , or "the ant from Mars." It's a predator that feeds on termite larvae. Sure, the wee dude appears benign for the time being, but…