Must See Places in South America
Set between the Caribbean, the South Pacific, and the South Atlantic Oceans, South America is the land of attractions. This continent can also be referred as the land of superlatives. The continent is the home to Amazon, The world's biggest rainforest, Angel Falls, the world's tallest waterfall, and Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego, the frozen landscapes. While the Remote islands like Galapagos Islands, Easter Island and Fernando de Noronha are great attractions of South America, the pristine beaches in Brazil's Northeastern region also have their own magic.
Apart from breathtaking natural attractions, South America treasures ruins of ancient civilizations. Machu Picchu and other Inca cities are fine examples of these. One can also explore the Serra da Capivara, the oldest rock paintings or admire the modern architecture of Brasilia. While traveling to South America, do not miss out the chance to take part in colorful festivities. Some of the most remarkable names in this context include Rio's Carnival, the Vendimia festival and Belem's Cirio de Nazare, etc. Featuring all these fascinating attractions, South America continues to allure visitors like no other place on the earth.
South America, the southern continent of the Americas, covers about 3.5% of world's total land area that is approx 17,840,000 square kilometers. It is surrounded by Pacific Ocean to the west and north, the Atlantic to the east, North America and the Caribbean Sea to the northwest. South America consists of 15 countries. The continent has a population of approx 371,090,000.
Machu Picchu, Peru: Machu Picchu, the fortress city of the Incas is situated 8,000 feet above sea level. This pre-Columbian ruin is the scared symbols of the Inca Empire. Constructed, during 1430 AD, this ruin was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1983. Situated on a mountain ridge, Machu Picchu was made in the traditional Inca style.
Salar de Uyuni: Salar de Uyuni, largest salt flat in the world is one of the major attractions in Bolivia. 3,656 meters above the sea level, it is located near the peak of the Andes. Salar de Uyuni is at present a dried hill with enormous cacti. In this site you can explore tourist areas like Bloques de Sal, Salt-mining area, Laguna Colorada, Laguna Celeste, Valles de Rocas, Train Graveyard and Laguna Hedionda.
Lake Titicaca: This fascinating lake is located between Bolivia and Peru. Tourists throng to this lake each and every year. 3800 meters above sea level, a tour to this lake will be an unforgettable experience for you. This lake was once the sacred place for the Inca civilization.
Angel Falls: The highest waterfall in the world is located in the Canaima National Park. Situated in Venezuela, this waterfall was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Other must see places in South America are Amazon, Nazca Lines, Peru, Cartagena, Colombia, Patagonia, Easter Island, Rio de Janeiro,Galapagos Archipelago, Santiago, Iguazu Falls of Argentina a, Tierra del Fuego, The Great Blue Hole, Los Katios National Park Colombia, Buck Island Reef National Monument, US Virgin Islands, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica, Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, La Antigua Guatemala, Placencia Beach Belize, Huacachina and Historic Centre of Salvador.
Monoj writes about Travel, Homes and Family, Retirement, Lifestyle and Health. He writes on travel destinations for www.youmustsee.com. Most interesting must see places in North America, Europe, South America, Caribbean islands, Africa, Oceania and Asia can be found here.
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