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The Best Waterfalls in South America
South America has some of the best waterfalls in the world and much more than just Iguazu and Angel Falls.

Sustainable Tourism Continuing to Develop in South America
The Global Sustainable Tourism Council announces project in South America.

3 Alternative Ways to see The Galapagos Islands
There are many ways to enjoy the Galapagos, here are three that you may not have considered.

Discover Los Flamencos National Reserve
Located in Northern Chile, this area has an impressive number of flora and fauna.

Hiking Ciudad Perdida - The Lost City
A great 5-6 day hike in Colombia to discover a pre-Inca city.

Wildlife of South America Photo Gallery
The wildlife of South America includes a vast variety of species. Some are endangered, exotic or a common sight, but all are worth learning about.

Animals / Wildlife
About's site for animals includes profiles, photos, zoos and much more information about wildlife.

Antarctic Wildlife Photo Gallery
Cruise ships traversing the Antartic water passages often visit Deception Island in the South Shetland Island chain. The island was formed by a volcanic crater, and when part of the crater collapsed, seawater rushed in the caldera and created one of the largest natural harbors in the world. Enjoy this sampling of some of the wildlife found on Deception Island and elsewhere in the Antarctic.

Galapagos Photo Gallery
The Galapagos archipelago (22 main islands and many small islands) has been compared to a giant zoo where you can observe (but not touch) the animals at close range. Here are pictures of only a few of the thousands of species inhabiting the islands.

Karumbé Project
Volunteer for two weeks or more with the Karumbé Project which monitors two foraging and developmental areas of juvenile green turtles (Chelonia mydas) in Uruguay. You will carry out research and conservation activities, getting quite in touch with the fishermen community where the field stations are settled. You will be working shoulder to shoulder with two researchers who coordinate the fieldwork, and getting involved in all tasks included in the project work.

The Whales of Patagonia, Argentina
Between May and December, Southern Whales go to Golfo Nuevo and Golfo San José in Argentina's Peninsula Valdes to mate. This feature by guest author Marita Alisal tells us about whale watching excursions to see the whales, dolphins, sea birds and other marine life.

Wildlife in South America
Learn about some of the exotic species you might see during your travels.

Wildlife Photo Gallery
Land, sea and air: animals, birds, reptiles, bugs, fish, etc. from nany regions of South America.

South American Birds and Birding
South America has thousands of species, including scarlet ibis, Andean condor, harpy eagle, sunbittern, macaw, toucan, jacamar, antbird, and cotinga. These books describe locations, habitats, environmental concerns, plus information to help plan a birding tour of South America.

Birding / Wild Birds
About's Guide to Birding / Wild Birds has bird facts, observation, conservation, locations, books and more information for the birdwatcher.

Boa Constriictors
Foound from Argentina to Mexico, the boa constrictor lives near water, but can also live in deserts, wet tropical forests, open savanna, and cultivated fields, and from sea level to moderate elevation.

Animals and Wildlife
About's Guide to Animals and Wildlife offers animal profiles, conservation, habitat and environment and much more information about wildlife the world over.

Green Iguanas of Latin America
The green iguana is a lizard with short powerful limbs and sharp claws living in the tropical rain forests of Central America, through northern South America to Brazil. Endangered now in some countries due to depletion of the rain forests, the iguana has long been called the "chicken of the trees" and efforts are underway to grow the iguana on iguana farms.

Monkeys of South and Central America
Common monkeys found in the tropical or rain forest areas of South and Central America are howlers, capuchins, tamarinds and owl monkeys.

Top Beach Destinations in South America
The best beaches in South America

South America's Top UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Travel to the top UNESCO sites in South America.

Poison Dart Frogs of South America
The Poison Dart Frogs of South America are tiny, colorful and toxic. Depending on their diet and habitat, some of these frogs have enough poison in them to kill a monkey, or even a human under certain conditions.

Sloths of South America
The world’s slowest moving mammal, sloths are tree dwellers, carrying out most of their activities hanging upside down in trees. They eat, sleep, mate, give birth, and tend their young suspended over the ground. It takes them about two and half years to grow to full size, between one and a half and two and a half feet.

Porcupinefishes and Puffers
When faced with trouble, a puffer gulps in water until its stomach is full and the fish swells in size completely spherical. If that little fish also has sharp spines, it's a little procupine puffer. When the fish expands, the spines extend. When danger is over, the fish releases the water, the spines lie flat and the puffer resumes its normal shape and size.

Birdwatching at the Mejia National Lagoon Sanctuary
Birdwatching at the Mejia National Lagoon Sanctuary

Sea Turtles of Latin America
There are seven marine turtle species worldwide, all sharing much the same life cycles and characteristics, though the features are distinct. Four of the species are on the endangered lists and live in the tropical waters of Central and South America.

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