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Some of the most beautiful postcards sculpted by nature were destined for South America. There is everything in the southern corners of the American continent: deserts, glaciers, forests, beaches, volcanoes, snowy peaks, river islands, mountains, floodplains and much more .Browse our photo gallery with the most extreme images that nature has offered to the 9 countries that make up the region.
1. Salto Angel (Venezuela)
The highest waterfall in the world is located in Venezuela, at 979 meters in height. Located near the border between Brazil and Guyana, the waterfall belongs to the Canaima National Park, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1994
2. Tayrona (Colombia)
ColombiaIn the midst of the vegetation of the Tayrona National Park, there are Ecohabs, means of accommodation integrated with nature in the Santa Marta region, in Colombia. The scenery is unique in the world: there is also the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a mountain range that reaches 5,775 meters above sea level and is only 42 kilometers of beaches bathed by the Caribbean Sea, making it the coastal mountain range highest on the planet
3. Chimborazo (Equador)
Do alto de seus 6.267 metros de altitude, o vulcão Chimborazo, perto de Riobamba, é o pico mais alto dos Andes equatoriais. Domina uma região com vasta oferta de turismo de aventura no Equador, envolta pelo Parque Nacional Sangay, declarado Patrimônio da Humanidade pela Unesco desde 1983, único a ostentar o título no país ao lado do Parque Nacional Galápagos. A imponência desse mítico vulcão, considerado extinto, inspirou o libertador Simón Bolívar a escrever a poesia "Mi Delirio sobre el Chimborazo"
4. Chaco paraguaio (Paraguay)
In the corners of Paraguay, the Chaco-dominated region is a favorite place for those who like to admire nature. There is a great diversity of flora and fauna. Not by chance, the word that gives the biome its name comes the original "chaku", which in Quechua means "hunting territory". This natural domain extends across the territories of Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, it receives the name Pantanal
5. Cabo Polonio (Uruguai)
UruguayIsolated by dunes, Cabo Polonio is a unique destination on the coast of Uruguay. Originally a small fishing village, this picturesque coastal town, whose area is protected as a National Park, does not have electricity, but most houses have a generator. The three islands along its coast are home to an important reserve of fur seals. its lighthouse, endless sunsets are contemplated by those who seek tranquility and isolation.
6. Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia)
It is located in the Bolivian highlands and is one of those so-called surreal landscapes. The largest salt desert in the world spreads out of sight at 3,650 meters above sea level and covers an area of approximately 12 thousand square kilometers. The region most visited by tourists is called Isla del Pescado, punctuated by cacti that reach 10 meters in height
7. Valle de la Luna (Chile)
Its natural formations are reminiscent of the lunar surface, in an area dominated by dunes and surrounded by volcanoes in the heart of the Atacama Desert, the northern tip of Chile. It looks like something another planet. In this stunning landscape, the sunset promotes a daily show accompanied by hundreds of tourists
8. Perito Moreno, El Calafate (Argentina)
One of the biggest natural attractions in Argentina, is the most famous glacier in Patagonia. This icy giant stretches over five kilometers in width and reaches 60 meters in height. It is the star of Los Glaciares National Park, which brings together more than 360 glaciers. time to time, there is a massive detachment of part of the ice wall, through a scary and fascinating crash. The result is icebergs floating loose across Lake Argentino. This resounding spectacle, with no definite date yet, but monitored by scientists, is broadcast on national television by Argentine TVs
9. Wiñay Wayna, Trilha Inca, Machu Picchu (Peru)
The beauty and drama of the ruins of Wiñay Wayna, along the Inca Trail, reward the effort of days walking through the Andes. Perched on the Urubamba River Valley in Peru, Wiñay Wayna means "always young" in Quechua, the language of the Incas. Without a doubt, one of the most amazing panoramic views on the route that leads to Machu Picchu