Latin America is full of wonders, both natural and man-made. Meet our selection of 5 magical places that visitors shouldn’t miss.
From Patagonia, through the countries of South America and the Caribbean, all the way across Central America and much of North America, Latin America definitely offers a spectacular selection of fabulous places. Incredible natural formations and infrastructures full of knowledge and mystery invite travelers from all over the world to be enchanted by the Latin American essence. Join us for a tour of 5 of its wonders.
1. Iguazú Falls
The Iguazú National Park was declared a Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984. This area full of biodiversity shares territory between Brazil and Argentina, although the latter has 2 thirds of its extension.
One of its main attractions is the Iguazu Falls, an impressive 2.7 kilometers (1.7 miles) wide waterfall. In 2011, the New7Wonders Foundation declared this waterfall as one of the new 7 Natural Wonders of the World.
Through different walkways and an ecological train it is possible to enjoy the waterfalls and the jungle. In the park there are 275 waterfalls, however, the most striking is the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat) which falls from 82 meters high and unfolds to a width of 150 meters. Nature lovers will also be delighted to know that the Iguazu Falls are the result of a volcanic eruption that is 200 million years old.
2. Machu Picchu
The Historic Sanctuary of Macchu Picchu is another of the 7 wonders of the modern world and the greatest tourist jewel of Peru. It is the most important legacy left by the Inca civilization to humanity. A true work of art, engineering and architecture integrated with nature in perfect harmony.
This ancient citadel was built in the XV century and is located at an altitude of 2500 meters above sea level. It has been a World Heritage Site since 1983 and is considered a sacred city, cradle of the Inca Empire.
The extraordinary construction emerges at the top of the mountain in the middle of a tropical forest. Water channels, terraces and temples, as well as terraces, ramps and gigantic walls are part of the impressive architecture. In these buildings, the use of large blocks of stone joined in exact symmetry stands out.
3. Angel Falls
In the south of Venezuela is the Canaima National Park, a region that is home to true natural treasures that look like something out of a science fiction movie. In its high plateaus called tepuis, which were formed 3.4 billion years ago, there are unique ecosystems. But the most amazing thing about the place is the highest waterfall in the world, with a height that reaches almost 1000 meters.
The Angel Falls descends from the immense walls of the Auyantepuy and there are only two ways to admire it. One of them is through a light aircraft flight and the other is to embark on the adventure of traveling a route that includes rivers and jungle where sailing and hiking for at least an hour is a must. But in short, either way will be worth the effort.
4. Chichen Itza
In the Yucatan Peninsula, near the colonial town of Valladolid, is the best preserved testimony of the Mayan civilization. Chichén Itzá is an archaeological site comprising a total of 26 ruins located in the jungle, more than 100 kilometers from the coast.
The Pyramid of Kukukan, also known as El Castillo, is the most amazing building of the site. Its design clearly shows the deep knowledge of its people regarding astronomy and mathematics. A curious fact is that it is built next to a Sacred Cenote where sacrifices and offerings were made.
Founded in the 5th century by the Itzá or Water Wizards, this important city still shows its greatness. The Temple of the Warriors, the Mayan Ball Game, El Caracol and the Observatory are other attractions. For this and more, it was declared a World Heritage Site in 1988.
5. Christ the Redeemer
Brazil has several symbols associated with its name, but Christ the Redeemer is definitely one of the most emblematic. Located at the top of Concorvado Hill, the largest Art Deco statue in the world extends its arms to protect the city of Rio de Janeiro.
Inside the Tijuca National Park, 710 meters above sea level, the iconic figure stands 30 meters high and weighs 1200 tons. It was inaugurated in 1931 to commemorate the centenary of Brazil’s independence.
Christ the Redeemer can be seen from almost any part of the city and is included in absolutely all tourist routes. It is inevitable to visit Rio de Janeiro and not want to take a picture in this wonder of the world, although millions of people have already done so.
Undoubtedly all these sites and many more that we did not get to name, fill us with Latin pride. What other wonders of Latin America would you like to include in this list? Write us on our social media.