Traveling to South America? Here’s Some Things to Know!| 04 January, 2021
In the past few decades, South America has become one of the most sought out places in the world one can travel to. Filled with an abundance of traditional cultures mixed in just right with the modern world. Let’s not forget to mention the largest amount of untouched natural land on the planet, making it home to one the highest biodiversities on the planet.
The total population of South America is around 430 million, while welcoming an impressive 37 million tourists per year, all spread around 12 countries that make up the subcontinent, so you can forget about a one-week holiday if you’re looking to see what all of South America has to offer. If you would rather pinpoint a specific country, the following are just some of your options;
Argentina; a country filled with incredible natural wonders, and has one of the most unique and stylish capital cities in the world, the beautiful Buenos Aires. Since it’s one of the largest countries on the planet, it covers a massive span of area stretching from the tip of Antarctica to the tropic of Capricorn. This gives Argentina a wide variety of terrains and climates to experience. Even though it’s the world’s eighth largest country in the world it has a population of around 45 million, making it one of the least densely populated countries on the planet. If you want to see what all the hype for Argentina is about, check out Patagonia, The Cuyo, Quebrada de Humahuaca, or The Pampas.
Argentina is also home to the largest gambling facility in the whole South American continent, the Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo in Buenos Aires, which is home to a bit less than 5,000 gaming machines and hundreds of table games. Before visiting the casino, you might want to try out an internet gaming site to learn the ropes and not jump in head first and lose your money not knowing what’s going on.
Bolivia; one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet. Here, you can find over 40% of all animal and plant life on the planet! This is thanks to Bolivia’s tropical climate and a wide range of ecosystems. In Bolivia, one can visit the Madidi National park, where you can see 12,000 different species of plants, 300 types of fish, 50 species of snake, and 90 species of bat. This massive biodiversity is all thanks to over 17% of Bolivian land being protected natural areas. It’s also one of the wettest countries on the planet, with over 5 meters of rainfall per year! A good thing to know about Bolivia before visiting, is that it has over 30 official languages! The most commonly spoken language is Aymara, while the main languages are Quechua and Spanish.
One of the most popular tourist destinations in Bolivia is the Salar de Uyuni, which is known as the largest flat salt plain in the world, measuring around 4,100 square miles and contains over 64 million tons of salt! The coolest part of the Salar de Uyuni, is that when it rains, a thin layer of water is formed on the salt flat, creating a massive reflective surface, making it the world’s largest natural mirror.
Brazil; Most of us know Brazil as the site of the heaviest bank robbery in the history of the world. Others know it as the country that hosts the world’s largest carnival. But there’s a lot more to know about the beautiful country of Brazil. Occupying half of South America’s land mass, Brazil is the largest country in South America. The culture here is truly one of a kind, with so much tradition it will leave you in awe. Brazil is also a top global producer of coffee, and it has a very active economy based on agriculture, mining, and manufacturing.
Chile; Another beautiful country to visit in the lovely South America, where one can find amongst many things, the , found in the Pacific coast in Algarrobo City, which holds over 66 million gallons of seawater, spans a thousand yards long and holding an area of 20 acres and a depth of up to 115 feet. One can also find the Atacama desert, which is the driest place on Earth. Off the Chilean coastline, which is one of the longest coastlines on the planet, one can also come across Moai Island, also known as Easter Islands. This is an incredible place to visit, with some of the coolest and most iconic statues on the planet.
Colombia; A very vast country which is twice the size of France, with an incredibly unique ecosystem that is indiginous to only 3 countries in the world, one of them being Colombia. It consists of two coastlines, one connecting to the Caribbean and the other to the Pacific ocean. Here you can also visit a part of the Amazon rainforest. Colombia is also one of the most popular countries to watch birds, with thousands of species available. If you’re visiting Colombia, make sure you visit the Cano Cristales, which is a 5-colour river.
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