Sajama National Park - Bolivia

Sajama National Park – Bolivia

Sajama National Park The Sajama National Park is located in the department of Oruro, Bolivia. It borders the Lauca National Park in Chile. The park is home to the indigenous people known as the Aymara, whose ancient culture can be traced in various. Unique cultural artifacts and ecological wonders are Read more…

Amboró National Park - Bolivia

Amboró National Park – Bolivia

Amboró National Park Amboró National Park (Parque Nacional Amboró) is a national park based in Bolivia, on the outskirts of the eastern Cordilleras. The total area of ​​this park exceeds 600 thousand hectares. Amboró National Park Amboró National Park protects three different ecosystems: the foothills of the Andes, the Amazon and Gran Read more…

Paracas National Reserve - Ica

Paracas National Reserve – Ica

Paracas National Reserve Ica
Paracas National Reserve Ica

The Paracas National Reserve is located 50 km west of the city of Ica. It was founded in 1975 and is the only marine reserve in Peru.

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Paracas National Reserve Ica

The purpose of its organization was to preserve marine ecosystems and characteristic formations of coastal tropical semi-deserts, as well as to protect the historical heritage of the Paracas culture, whose representatives lived here before the arrival of the Incas.

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Paracas National Reserve Ica

Land occupies about 35% of the reserve, and the coastal waters of the Pacific Ocean – the remaining 65%. Due to the cold current, the solubility of oxygen in the coastal waters of the park increases, as a result of which conditions are created that contribute to the development of plankton here, which is food for various other species of inhabitants – dolphins, squids, mollusks, turtles.

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Paracas National Reserve Ica

There are also about 250 types of algae. The coast is practically devoid of vegetation due to the extreme dryness of the climate, but numerous bird colonies nest here. But the most interesting place for tourists are the Ballestas Islands, located in the Pacific Ocean opposite the part of the Paracas National Reserve, located on land. (more…)

Discover Isla Incahuasi - Bolivia

Discover Isla Incahuasi – Bolivia

Isla Incahuasi Isla Incahuasi is a cactus island located in the middle of the dried endless salt lake Uyuni, Bolivia. This island is known as Isla del Pescado, which means the island of fish. The unusual island was formed from limestone rocks, fossilized corals and seashells and represents the summit Read more…

Lanín National Park - Argentina

Lanín National Park – Argentina

Lanín National Park
Lanín National Park

Lanin National Park (Spanish Parque Nacional Lanin) is located in the province of Neuquén (Spanish Provincia de Neuquén); today it covers an area of ​​380 hectares. The park was founded in 1937 in order to preserve for future generations the unique ecosystem of the region with its diverse flora and fauna.

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Lanín National Park

Argentina stretches for thousands of kilometers – from Antarctica, the southernmost continent, to the impenetrable jungle in the north; its nature is incredibly diverse. This amazing country has a huge number of natural attractions: many kilometers of beaches and some of the highest mountain peaks in the world, vast deserts and picturesque waterfalls, dense forests and endless expanses of southern Patagonia (Spanish Patagonia Sur).

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Lanín National Park

Argentina has 33 National Parks in addition to numerous protected areas of regional rank. Currently, there are 7 natural sites in the country that have been declared World Heritage by UNESCO.

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Lanín National Park

Attractions of the Lanín National Park

Lanin National Park, which is an important part of the Argentine Lake District, borders on the Nahuel Huapi National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi) and with its amazing landscapes repeats in many ways its southern “brother”.

The park area is divided into northern, southern and central parts. (more…)

Discover Cotopaxi Volcano - Ecuador

Discover Cotopaxi Volcano – Ecuador

Cotopaxi Volcano
Cotopaxi Volcano

The highest of the active volcanoes in the world – the Cotopaxi Volcano, which is 200 km south of Quito, was so named by the Indians in honor of the “shining mountain”, which, indeed, can be seen far away on the twilight horizon. And the snow caps of the peaks do not melt even under the scorching rays of the sun.

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Cotopaxi Volcano

The mountain has two of the same perfectly circular craters. The road to the Cotopaxi Volcano is called “Avenue of Volcanoes”, wild horses, domesticated llamas, deer calmly walk along it, hummingbirds and Andean lapwings fly out of the thickets.

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Cotopaxi Volcano

How to get there

The main entrance to the national park is located a few kilometers from the town of Lasso. You can get there in two hours by bus from Quito along the Pan American Highway. The northern entrance is through the town of Machachi and is usually more free. Entrance fee for foreign tourists is 10 USD.

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Cotopaxi Volcano

Routes and camps

The foot and slopes of Cotopaxi Volcano are cut by hiking trails, and at an altitude of 4700 m, tourists will find a place to sleep. By the way, there is also a comfortable camping at the foot near the railway station, where for 5 USD you can set up a tent city, and for 12 USD per person you can have access to a village cabin about 400 meters from the entrance for several days. Here you can go to the trail that goes to the Rumininakhui peak (4712 m). Another popular trek around the volcano is the Condor trail, which starts at Papaljakt, passes near Antisana volcano and ends at Cotopaxi. Prices on the page are as of April 2019. (more…)

Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park - Chile

Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park – Chile

Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park Chile
Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park Chile

Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park was established in 1926 and is the oldest not only in Chile, but also in South America. It is located in the Andean mountain range, in the province of Llanquihue.

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Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park Chile

Osorno volcano is the main attraction of the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park. Osorno is one of the most active volcanoes in the Chilean Andes. The top of the volcano is completely covered with snow and ice throughout the year, despite the fact that it is located in a region with a rather mild climate. The ice sheet is maintained thanks to the heavy snowfalls that fall here during the winter.

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Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park Chile

Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park Attractions

Symmetrical in shape, the summit of the Osorno volcano attracts skiers and tourists from all over the world. There is a ski center near the top of the volcano, which has everything you need to practice this sport. From the small village of Ensenada, you can climb to the top of the volcano. In time it takes about 6 hours round trip.

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Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park Chile

The second attraction of the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park is the Petroue River. It originates from Lake Todos los Santos. The famous Petroue waterfall is located on the river. (more…)