American Parks & Wildlife
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
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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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
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.
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
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
National Parks Argentina -
Argentina posseses numerous National
Parks especially created to preserve landscapes, geological, and
patrimonies, and autochthonous flora and fauna of our country. These
parks have different geographical characteristics and quite varied
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
Nature Info - Brief descriptions of National Parks and Reserves
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
covers 2.5 million km2. It extends from Colombia in the west to the
Brazilian state of Amapá in the east, including the Venezuelan
of Delta Amacuro, Bolívar and Amazonas, all of Guyana, Suriname
French Guiana, and continuing into the ecologically associated areas of
the Brazilian States of Pará, Roraima and Amazonas.
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