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13. Galibi Nature Reserve – Suriname

If you’re planning a visit to Suriname, then you definitely need to add the Galibi Nature Reserve to your list. Make sure you go between February and August, so you can see the nesting of endangered sea turtles (green sea turtles, leatherbacks, olive ridleys, and hawksbills).

Relax in the area for a few days taking in the nature and then make a trip do the nearby Amerindian villages of Langemankondre and Christiannkondre, where you can see the day-to-day life and purchase some exquisite art crafts.

14. Jericoacoara – Brazil

Jericoacoara is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil. It’s a sleepy fishing village in north of the country, where visitors can chill out and forget about the rest of the world.

As the coast is super windy, the region is also ideal for those willing to practice kitesurfing and windsurfing. After a day at the beach, most people hike up the massive surrounding sand dunes to watch incredible sunsets.

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15. Tatacoa Desert – Colombia

The Tatacoa Desert is one of Colombia’s most arid regions. It’s actually a dry tropical forest, so instead of sand dunes, you’re more likely to find a maze of rocky canyons. The area is popular for camping trips, but many travelers go there to gaze at the stars.

In fact, due to being very close to the equatorial line, the desert is an excellent location to explore the night sky. It attracts amateur astronomers from all over the world, who flock to the famous observatory near Villavieja, to learn about the history of the constellations.

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