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South America is also one of the most biodiverse continents on Earth and home to many interesting and unique species of animals including the llama, anaconda, piranha, jaguar, vicuña, and tapir. The Amazon rainforests possess high biodiversity, containing a major proportion of the Earth's species.

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South America is home to the world's highest waterfall, Angel Falls in Venezuela; the largest river (by volume), the Amazon River; the longest mountain range, the Andes (whose highest mountain is Aconcagua at 6,962 m (22,841 ft)); the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert; the largest rainforest, the Amazon Rainforest; the highest capital city, La Paz, Bolivia; the highest commercially navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca; and the world's southernmost permanently inhabited community, Puerto Toro, Chile (excluding research stations in Antarctica). 

South America is also one of the most biodiverse continents on Earth and home to many interesting and unique species of animals including the llama, anaconda, piranha, jaguar, vicuña, and tapir. The Amazon rainforests possess high biodiversity, containing a major proportion of the Earth's species.
Itatiaia National Park of Brazil - This ruggedly beautiful region of lush forests, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, alpine meadows, and both primary and secondary Atlantic Rainforest. Though just 70 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, the park covers a broad range of elevations rising to 9100 ft. This range in altitudes contributes to a most diverse variety of habitats from lower elevation forest to alpine meadows surrounded by granite cliffs.

Galapagos Islands - Explore the Pristine and Untouched Landscape - Every serious traveler have to visit the wondrous Galapagos Islands for an unusual haven od gigantic turtles, lazy sea lions and oversized iguanas. You will really step back in time in this pristine and unattached landscape, which makes Galapagos an ideal base for discovery. The islands are located at a geological hot spot, a place where the Earth's crust is being melted from below by a mantle plume, creating volcanos. Volcanic craters are on almost every island.

Natural Parks of Colombia - Colombia is one of the richest countries in biological and cultural diversity in the world. This diversity is represented in 49 natural areas belonging to the National Natural Park System.

Canaima National Park Venezuela - The park’s centerpiece is Angel Falls. The highest waterfall in the world, it is more than 18 times higher than the famed Niagara Falls. In the dry season, water spilling from Angel Falls often evaporates before completing its 14-second, 3,250-foot (986-meter) drop.

Brazilian National Parks - Brazil has over 40 official National Parks (not including state and local parks) set aside for preservation, and is currently adding to this list. Out of these parks, only about half allow visitors.

Iguaçu Falls - Iguaçu Park shares with the adjacent Iguazú National Park in Argentina one of the world's largest and most impressive waterfalls, 70 metres high and 2,700 metres wide, within a remnant of highly endangered Atlantic forest. It is an island of wilderness in the wide Paraná river valley, most of which has been deforested for agriculture. It shelters rare and endangered species of flora and fauna, such s the giant otter and giant ant-eater. Clouds of spray round the waterfall produce lush vegetation.

National Parks Argentina - Argentina posseses numerous National Parks especially created to preserve landscapes, geological, and palaeontologic patrimonies, and autochthonous flora and fauna of our country. These parks have different geographical characteristics and quite varied sorroundings.

Official Web Site of Mount Aconcagua Argentina -The Provincial Park of Aconcagua was created and its physical limits of some 71000 acres) were established in the 1983, through the proclamation of the Decree-Law 4807, the , which determine its area. Around Aconcagua various peaks rise and surpass 5000 meters.

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile - Torres del Paine, Laguna Amarga - Oscar GuineoTorres del Paine sector is an extensive geographic zone with numerous natural attractions that includes from the Torres del Paine National Park, a known world Biosphere Reserve to the limit of Ultima Esperanza and Magallanes provinces. The Fairway lighthouse is the southwestern extreme of the zone and is located in the Pacific Ocean mouth of the Magellan Strait. This national park covers 181.000 hectares on the Seno de Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope Inlet). The park is located 150 kilometers from Puerto Natales.

Peru Nature Info - Brief descriptions of National Parks and Reserves in Peru.

Manu National Park Peru - Manu National Park is located west of Puerto Maldonado. Access is easier and cheaper from Cusco. It takes a one and a half-day journey by bus and boat. A more comfortable but expensive option is a 25-minute flight from Cusco.

The Guiana Shield - The Guiana Shield Eco-region covers 2.5 million km2. It extends from Colombia in the west to the Brazilian state of Amapá in the east, including the Venezuelan states of Delta Amacuro, Bolívar and Amazonas, all of Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana, and continuing into the ecologically associated areas of the Brazilian States of Pará, Roraima and Amazonas.
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