South America is a paradise for the wildlife and nature enthusiast – from the endemic flora and fauna, to the diversity of its landscapes, it has everything a nature-loving traveller could want. However, this can make it difficult to decide where to go during a single holiday. Here, Travelup discusses three nature‘hotspots’, which every holiday maker will love.
Argentina’s Glaciers National Park lies to the southwest of the country, close to the Chilean border, and is home to an incredible 47 glaciers, as well as sub-Antarctic forests, multi-hued glacial rivers and lakes, and enormous snow-capped mountains. This is one of the most well-organised and maintained natural reserves in all of South America, and so visitors can choose from a range of activities, including kayaking across the lakes, ice-trekking, boat rides up a glacial face, or a hike along the snowy trails. Other popular activities include fishing, photography safaris, mountain climbing, horseback riding and hot air balloon rides.
The Manu Nature reserve in the southwest of Peru is an enormous biosphere park which is visited by thousands of nature enthusiasts, biologists and researchers every year. The area here spans more than 4.5 million acres, all of which is covered in various flora and fauna species. According to Travelup reviews, the park can be reached by bus from the town of Cuzco, or alternatively, by taking a plane journey across the Andes. In total, Manu is home to more than 120 species of aquatic life, 200 mammal species and 800 species of birds. Some of the most-seen creatures here include the primates, the tapir, the spectacled bear, the jaguar and the giant otter.
Fernando de Noronha in Brazil is a World Heritage site – this sun-drenched, beautiful archipelago is situated about 200 miles from the north coast of Brazil. This tropical park is fiercely protected by conservationists, and as such Travelup says that it is amazingly well maintained. It is made up of 21 islets and islands. Aside from the balmy tropical climate, and the pristine beaches which are ideal for surfing, Fernando de Noronha’s primary draw is its incredibly diverse aquatic and animal life, with more than 200 species of exotic fish, 20 varieties of coral and five shark species.