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Friday, June 11, 2010

Five of South America's Most Amazing Natural Wonders by Jacob Martus

South America is one of the most unique and adventurous places to travel in the world. The unique wildlife and varied terrain make for some of the most exciting vacations available anywhere. From the Perito Moreno Glacier of Bolivia to the inspiring summit of the Mount Aconcagua in Argentina, it's easy to see why so many people make the journey to South America.

Today, we are going to look at five natural wonders that every human being should see at least once in their life. These places are inspiring, exciting and will leave you with a lasting memory.

Igauzu Falls

One of the largest waterfalls in the world, Igauzu Falls is four times wider than Niagara and outputs nearly as much water. For a unique insight into just how amazing these falls are, when Eleanor Roosevelt first witnessed them her reply was, "Poor Niagara". The falls are located in both Brazil and Argentina and the land surrounding them is protected by both governments. This has gone a long way to help preserve this wonderful set of waterfalls.

Perito Moreno Glacier

Located in Argentina Patagonia, the Perito Moreno glacier is one of the most sought after destinations in South America. Take a boat tour to the face of the glacier where you can get a true sense of its immense size. Or for more adventurous travelers, go trekking on top of the glacier! At the end of a guided hike on the glacier, you may even get an ice cold glass of whiskey served with the very ice you stand on.

Angel Falls

Flowing over the edge of Auyantepui mountain in Venezuela you will find the tallest waterfall in the world, Angel Falls. The water falls over 3000 feet, so high in fact that much of the water evaporates before it reaches the ground. Visiting the falls is an adventure in itself which will require you to travel by river to the base of the falls. You could also purchase a fly-by from a local pilot, but clouds often hinder views of the falls so it is not recommended.

Amazon River

Named The River Sea by some, The Amazon river is the largest river system in the world. At some points the river exceeds 100 miles across. Over a third of all the species on Earth live in the rainforest encompassing the Amazon river, and this fact alone drives many people to visit here. Witnessing the unique wildlife that call the Amazon home is an ambition of many travelers and for good reason. You may encounter such odd animals as the Amazon River Dolphin or Black Caiman. With its sorted terrain and immense size, it's easy to see why the Amazon river made this list.

Mount Aconcagua

Considered the "Roof of the Americas", Mount Aconcagua is the tallest mountain outside of Asia, rising an incredible 22,841 feet. Located on the border of Chile and Argentina and inside the notorious Andes mountain range, Aconcagua is a extremely popular destination for adventure seekers. Climbing the mountain is a must for any avid mountain climber because of its status on the list of seven summits (tallest mountain on each continent). If you're truly looking for an adventure off the beaten path, you may consider attempting the climb yourself.

South America is full of natural wonders, so many in fact that it's hard to see them all in one trip. It is easily one of the most unique continents on Earth, right in line with Africa and Asia in terms of its awe-inspiring sights.

Jacob Martus publishes an adventure travel blog called The Adventure Traveler. He enjoys helping others experience the most unique and exciting vacations. For more information check out this related article: Backpacking South America.

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