Top 10 Spectacular Natural Wonders of South America

The South American continent offers some of the most extraordinary natural wonders in the world. Its wide expanse of 6.88 million square miles covers a wide range of geological features and is home to thousands of species of animals. The land mass covers rivers, mountains, rain forests, deserts and waterfalls, some of which are the most extraordinary in the world.

Here’s a look at some of the most notable points of interest on the continent.

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1. The Amazon River

Perhaps the best-known natural feature of the South American continent, the Amazon River sustains a rainforest that extends into nine different countries. The area’s tropical climate hosts an incredible biodiversity of plants and animals. Visitors can see and photograph extraordinary sights along its length via luxurious cruises or primitive watercraft.

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2. Iguazu Falls – Argentina/Brazil

Iguazu, meaning “great waters” in the native guarani language, is situated in Iguazu National Park. Here visitors can view 270 different falls that scatter in a half moon configuration from cliffs and islets. On the trails of footbridges, you can choose the upper path or the lower path. The lower path will take you to the base of the falls where you can enjoy the spray of falling water on your face. On the upper path, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding scenery.

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3. The Galapagos Islands – Ecuador

The story of Charles Darwin’s remarkable finds on the Galapagos Islands made them a destination of mystery and interest for centuries. The collection of nineteen islands, set apart from the larger land masses in the area, have allowed the evolution of unique species of flora and fauna. The giant tortoises are probably the most famous residents of the Galapagos, but land iguanas and numerous distinct species of birds are also the subjects of visitors’ photographs.