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South America Travel: Exploring the Top 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites   by Henry Arnault

in Travel / Destinations    (submitted 2012-03-28)

South America provides travelers an oasis of wonderful weather and sights, many of which are globally acclaimed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. The UNESCO World Heritage committee is made up of 21 countries who determine the best that humanity and nature have created which should be preserved and honored. South America offers travelers a wide variety of these sites which should all be visited at some point but for those looking for the best places to explore on your next South America vacation, check out these top 3 picks of South America UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Brazil: Take a trip to Brazil where culture, history, beaches and nature combine to create a tropical paradise. Brazil is a favorite for beach lovers but it also offers one of the biologically rich habitats on earth, the Panatal Reserve. Named a World Heritage site in 2000 Panatal, located in southwest Brazil is the perfect destination for nature and wildlife lovers. As the top destination for wildlife tourism in the country, Panatal is home to over 1,000 species of birds, 400 fish species, 300 types of mammals, and 480 reptile species, on top of its many endangered species such as the Jaguar, South American tapir, and Maned wolf. On your Brazil vacation explore the 54,000 sq. miles of the Panatal floodplains the most varied wetland ecosystem on earth.

Peru: The gem of Peru, Machu Picchu was named a World Heritage Site in 1983 and for good reason. Machu Picchu is the Inca Empire’s final architectural mast piece before its demise. This hidden temple deep in the Andes managed to escape the destruction of the Spanish conquest. Sitting at 8,000ft the ruins have a breathtaking mountain backdrop, only adding to its allure. From trekking to train rides, travelers from around the world explore the beauty of Machu Picchu every year. Take trip to Peru to discover the history, culture, and mystery at the World Heritage site of Machu Picchu.

Argentina: Take an Argentina vacation to the beautiful Iguazu National Park. This 1984 World Heritage Site is home to the Iguazu Falls. Straddling the Argentina and Brazil border the Iguazu falls are arguably the grandest system of waterfalls in the world. The falls are comprised of 275 distinct waterfalls and are truly spectacular. The park has an upper and lower circuit of footpaths for guests to explore the waterfalls. Alternatively guests can take a boat ride which puts you at the base of the crashing waters of the different falls. The Iguazu falls are a grand sight you don’t want to miss on your trip to Argentina.

Travel to South America and explore these top 3 South America UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From the wetlands of Brazil to the Inca treasures in Peru and finally to the Iguazu falls of Argentina, make your South America trip one to remember.