The biggest country in South America, Brazil showcases more than jungles and beaches with its hospitable people and great cities that shows the country’s contrast. This country borders all other country in the continent with the exception of Chile and Ecuador. There are many travel destinations that you can visit in this country, along with the biodiversity of their flora and fauna. The diverse culture makes Brazil more interesting to visit. Here are some of the most popular natural wonders that are found in this South American continent, Brazil.
When one is finding a place that is filled with plants and animals, then the Amazon Rainforest must be the best place to go. With over a million hectares, it is the widest of all forests in the world, covering most of the land of Brazil. The Amazon is filled with different ecosystems and several types of vegetation such as rainforests, seasonal forests, deciduous forests, flooded forests, and the savannahs. The basin in the Amazon rainforest is drained by the Amazon River, which is the second longest river following the Nile river. With this different vegetation in the Amazon, no wonder there are millions of animals found here with some species endemic in the area.
The end of the Iguazu River is one of the most fascinating wonder that nature has provided. These waterfalls are found in the province of Misiones that splits the Iguazu River into two parts, the upper and lower Iguazu. The name Iguazu comes from two Guarani words, namely “y” for water and “ûasú” meaning big. The name itself literally means that the Iguazu falls is one of the largest waterfalls that are even compared to the Niagara Falls which holds the world’s largest waterfall in the world. Tourists are provided footbridges for them to experience the breathtaking scenery of this falls and to take memorable photographs for them to make a lasting memory of this Brazilian wonder.
You can view Iguassu Falls Pictures by visiting the Seven Natural Wonders website noted here. One of the best places to stay is the Hotel das Cataratas, which is the only hotel inside the national park.
Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park
Almost 200 kilometers north of Brasilia, this park covers 231,000 square miles of vast floras and faunas, along with the different vegetation it possess. Canyons, falls, hot springs, and wide rock formations are also abundant in this park; which is mainly due to its location that is near the watershed between the Amazon River, Paraná River and the Sáo Francisco River. Aside from the plants and animals that the Capada dos Veadeiros National Park provides, it is also a rich in quartz crystal that is visible from the outer space as the brightest part of the world because of the reflecting ability of these crystals.
Fernando de Noronha
Fernando de Noronha is an archipelago consisting of 21 islands, about 350 kilometers off the Brazilian coast. The islands here are composed of volcanic remains, with almost no inhabitants living on any of the islands. The isolation of people on the island is one of the reasons why the wildlife is untouched here, as well as the floras that grow in the areas. Fernando de Noronha is also a UNESCO World Heritage site, and visitation of the archipelago is limited to few visits. If you are lucky enough, then you might be one of the 420 visitors to explore the region during the visiting opportunities. You will find that your encounter with this wonder of nature was worth your time and effort.
This forest has almost been wiped out and only 15% of its 330 million acres is present. This moist tropical forest is not as wide as the Amazon Rainforest but it still possess a great biodiversity that is as important as in the Amazon. The Atlantic forest covers the southern regions of Brazil and northern Argentina, as well as southeast of Paraguay. Animals are abundant in this forest including about 200 endemic bird species and harbors 5% of the vertebrates on the planet. The Atlantic Forest is also home to about 8% of the plants in the world, with some 450 species of trees recorded.