6 South American National Parks You Need to Know

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Anyone who travels through South America finds countless incredible places with exuberant natural beauties – this is because the countries of this part of the continent have beautiful environmental reserves and several places rich in fauna and flora.

Paradisiac beaches, immense glaciers, ruins and impressive volcanoes are some of the attractions present in the parks of this region. Thinking about this giant diversity to be explored, we’ve separated some tips from the best and most amazing National Parks to visit on a trip through South America! Check it!

1. Iguaçu National Park

Brazil/Argentina

Iguassu National Park

 

Situated on the border between Brazil and Argentina, the Iguaçu National Park is home to the lush Iguazu Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of Nature. They are more than 270 falls of water with a normal flow of 1,5 thousand liters of water per second.

The site also provides trails and adventure activities, such as a boat trip that comes close to the waterfalls. With preserved flora and diverse species of animals, the Iguassu National Park is one of the most visited in the world.

2. Torres del Paine National Park

Chile

Torres del Paine National Park

 

Located in the Chilean Patagonia, the Torres del Paine National Park consists of an impressive mass of mountains covered by glaciers that, when melted, form beautiful lakes with shades of blue, green and gray.

It is one of the most famous destinations for trekkers and the granite towers attract climbers from all over the world. Another highlight is the preservation of several species of fauna and flora of the Andean forest, which make the park even more enchanting.

3. Galapagos National Park

Ecuador

Galapagos National Park

 

Considered the best preserved volcanic archipelago in the world, the Galapagos National Park enchants by its geological beauty and, mainly, by the diversity of the fauna present in the region.

It is considered a living laboratory for students of animal species and it was crucial for Darwin to come to his conclusion on the Theory of Evolution. The region is also rich in different types of plants.

>> See also: 5 Best Adventure Destinations in South America.

4. Lençóis Maranhenses National Park

Brazil

Lençóis Maranhenses National Park

 

The largest dune field in Brazil is the perfect destination for those who love adventure and nature. Among the best walks within the National Park is cooling off in the crystal clear lagoons in the middle of the “desert” and watching an incredible sunset.

The tour can be done with a 4×4 car, but for the adventurous, it is also possible to cross the beautiful dunes on foot, stay overnight in the middle of the vast sand field and interact with the traditional communities.

The park also includes the Brazilian cerrado, with fragile and attractive vegetation, such as the restinga and the mangrove.

5. Tayrona National Park

Colombia

Tayrona National Park

 

Bathed by the Caribbean Sea, the Tayrona National Park is composed of highly preserved vegetation, clear sand, rocks and beautiful beaches. In the background, the scenery is no less than the largest coastal mountain range in the world – the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

Despite the impressive beauty, in many beaches of the region it is forbidden to enter the water due to strong currents. However, the place is a great destination for trekking amidst the park’s lush flora and fauna.

6. Cotopaxi National Park

Ecuador

Cotopaxi National Park

 

The Cotopaxi National Park is home to more than 80 volcanoes, including Cotopaxi, which, in addition to naming the site, is also considered the highest active volcano in the world. The mountain ranges arranged in the so-called “Avenue of the Volcanoes” form a breathtaking scenery.

For lovers of adventure tourism, the park has incredible places to practice trekking, mountain biking and climbing.

Do you already know any of these South American National Parks? Tell people!

Images: Foz do Iguaçu Destino do Mundo, Gray Line, Zarpo, Meta Viagem, Carpe Mundi, Casal Nômade.

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