Most AMAZINGLY Beautiful Places In SOUTH America!
Beautiful places to visit in South America! From a stunning island with a morbid past to an icy scientific mystery
9. Galapagos Islands
If you know anything about Charles Darwin studies about evolution, then chances are that you’ve heard of the Galapagos Islands. They are known for the wide variety of endemic species that live there and served as the origin of Darwin’s famous book, On the Origin of Species, which focused on the various types of finches he discovered in the Galapagos. Other interesting animals found in these islands include the land iguanas, Galapagos tortoise, blue-footed booby, and Galapagos sea lions. Unfortunately, human interference has caused many of the native species of plants and animals to be overrun. The introduction of cattle, goats, cats and dogs, etc. has negatively impacted the Galapagos. Cats and dogs have been known to ruin bird, turtle, and tortoise nests as well. However, a protection policy was established in 1930, and things started to change by the 1950s. Nearly ninety-eight percent of the land in the area was declared a national park in 1959.
8. Salar de Uyuni
This salt flat spans four thousand eighty-six square miles, making it the largest in the world. Considering its immense size, Salar de Uyuni acts like a giant mirror when it rains because it reflects everything above its eighty-mile-long expanse. This salt flat is also covering saline-rich pools that contains between fifty and seventy percent of the Earth’s lithium. Salar de Uyuni was formed when the Andes rose, creating the Bolivian Plateau. Due to the amount of salt, hardly any animals or plants can thrive there besides some cacti and shrubs. But, it is an enormous flamingo breeding ground. Some other animals have been seen in Salar de Uyuni as well, including the Andean goose and horned coot.