The continent of South America is filled with natural wonders that leave everyone stunned and speechless. From vast verdant valleys to everchanging glaciers, majestic mountain ranges and unendingly intertwined waterways, this continent has it all. The versatility displayed by the plethora of landscapes featured here is unimaginable and each of these showcases their unique charms to attract visitors from all over the world. The true appeal of these natural wonders of South America can only be appreciated by being on-site. But there are so many to cover in just one get-go. So where to start? How about you start with the 8 most remarkable natural wonders of South America in this article that are totally worth travelling across the globe?
Iguazu Falls – Brazil & Argentina
Popular for being the largest waterfall system in the world, the Iguazu Falls acts as the border between Brazil and Argentina. It consists of around 275 cascades, 80% of which are falls on the side of Argentina, though most parts of the Iguazu River flow through Brazil.
Among all the spots of Iguazu, Garganta del Diablo or also known as Devil’s Gorge or Devil’s Throat is the part that attracts the most people with its roughly 82m drop. The best way to reach the Devil’s Throat is to take the Rainforest Ecological Train which travels through the Iguazú National Park to the “Garganta del Diablo” station.
Torres del Paine National Park – Chile
One of the most spectacular places to be in South America, Torres Del Paine, also popularly known as the “Hiker’s paradise”, is indeed a revered natural wonder and a sight to behold. The majestic Icy-blue mountains, glaciers and lakes coupled together make it one of the most beautiful places on earth and one of the most visited tourist attractions in Chile.
The sceneries and visuals of this park are jaw-droppingly gorgeous whichever direction you look. However, Cordillera Paine or “Towers of Blue” is among the fan favourite with its three distinct peaks. And when it comes to hiking, the most demanding hike has to be a long 30-mile trail with the shape of a “W”, which is again quite popular.
Perito Moreno Glacier – Argentina
The Perito Moreno glacier is not just the most famous glacier of the entire South American Continent but it is also the third-largest reserve of fresh water in the world. The large size of the glacier makes it seem like a small ice-covered town rather than a large block of ice.
The thing that sets this glacier apart from the rest is that it is a treat for the trekkers. Adventure-seeking travellers can take a hiking tour on the glacier’s ice with treks that can last up to five hours.
The Andes Mountains
Andes Mountains, or Los Andes, a mountain system located in South America is one of the greatest natural wonders and the longest mountain range in the world. It is well known for featuring some of the highest peaks, majestic volcanoes, and prominent ruins of long-ago civilizations.
Among the number of mountains standing tall in the Andes, Aconcagua boasts the highest point in South America with a height of 6,960 m. This is a highly sought-after location for avid hikers for an unworldly trekking experience. However, even if you don’t like hiking you can still enjoy a pleasurable time while visiting the Andes.
Lençóis Maranhenses – Brazil
Maranhão state, located in the northeastern region of Brazil, is home to an outstanding national park which consists of the largest series of white sand dunes and lagoons in South America, known as Lençóis Maranhenses.
This park though has an appearance similar to a desert, actually falls under a region which experiences plenty of rainfall, by being just outside the Amazon dip, creating those majestic lagoons. If you want to see these sublime lagoons at their fullest, then try to book your trip sometime between June and September.
Easter Island- Chile
One of the greatest mysteries of human civilisation that has puzzled the world to this day is the Chilean region, the Easter Island or Rapa Nui. All the conspiracy theories that have built the fame of this island surround the origin of the gigantic stone heads dating back several centuries, Moai.
These Stone sculptures are distinctive among the others found in Polynesian cultures, which earned it the award of UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1995, making it the first Pacific island to do so. Other than the inexplicably enormous statues, Easter Island is also home to many beautiful and exotic beaches and legendary volcanic craters like Rano Kau. It is one of the most remote islands in the world you would love to visit.
Milodon Cave – Chile
One of the most fascinating natural wonders of South America is the 30-metre-high Milodon Cave. The cave owes its name to the remains of the enormous extinct ground sloth species discovered in 1895, Mylodon Darwini. When people visit this cave A life-size replica of the mylodon sloth will greet them at the entrance.
Several remains of other extinct animals like the dwarf horse and the iconic sabre-toothed cat have also been found inside many smaller caves within the Cueva del Milodón. Other than that, signs of human habitation from as early as 6,000 BC have also been found inside the caves. It is also part of a magnetic touristic tour called the End of the World Route, thanks to the popular rock formation Silla del Diablo or the Devil’s Chair.
The Amazon Rainforest
If you are looking for an intoxicating experience full of adventure and excitement then exploring the Amazon Rainforest is your safest bet. The world’s largest rainforest intersected by the world’s largest and longest river would be an understated way of describing the magnificence of one of the most bewitching natural wonders of Soth America.
The rainforest spans several countries in this continent namely, Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Brazil. The extent of the natural beauty that spreads across each curve of the river and every tiny little spec, plant and wildlife of the rainforest will leave you gazing in awe.
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