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The Wanderlust Wonderlist: World Heritage Sites in South America (As Seen By The Community)

It's down south we go for this edition of The Wanderlust Wonderlist! Come and let us explore the beautiful sights and sounds in vast and exotic area that is Latin America!

Iguaçu National Park

Location: Paraná State, Brazil
Date of Inscription: 1986

“The park shares with Iguazú National Park in Argentina one of the world’s largest and most impressive waterfalls, extending over some 2,700 m. It is home to many rare and endangered species of flora and fauna, among them the giant otter and the giant anteater. The clouds of spray produced by the waterfall are conducive to the growth of lush vegetation.”

Galápagos Islands

Location: Province of Galapagos, Ecuador
Date of Inscription: 1978

“Situated in the Pacific Ocean some 1,000 km from the South American continent, these 19 islands and the surrounding marine reserve have been called a unique ‘living museum and showcase of evolution’. […] These processes, together with the extreme isolation of the islands, led to the development of unusual animal life – such as the land iguana, the giant tortoise and the many types of finch – that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection following his visit in 1835.”

Brasilia

Locations: Federal District, Brazil
Date of Inscription: 1987

“Brasilia, a capital created ex nihilo in the centre of the country in 1956, was a landmark in the history of town planning. Urban planner Lucio Costa and architect Oscar Niemeyer intended that every element – from the layout of the residential and administrative districts (often compared to the shape of a bird in flight) to the symmetry of the buildings themselves – should be in harmony with the city’s overall design. The official buildings, in particular, are innovative and imaginative.”

Los Glaciares National Park

Location: Santa Cruz, Argentina
Date of Inscription: 1981

“The Los Glaciares National Park is an area of exceptional natural beauty, with rugged, towering mountains and numerous glacial lakes, including Lake Argentino, which is 160 km long. At its farthest end, three glaciers meet to dump their effluvia into the milky grey glacial water, launching massive igloo icebergs into the lake with thunderous splashes.”

Stay tuned for more upcoming wonderlists about the World Heritage Sites! In the meantime, you can read more about them in the official UNESCO World Heritage Committee website.

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