South America, that lively cultural cumulus situated on 20 million square kilometers, includes deserts, glaciers, beach paradises, rainforests and the world’s longest rivers. But within that sparkling lineup is a series of destinations that stand out for their uniqueness and beauty.

We have chosen five places to share — a sample of the paradisiacal nature abounding in this region:

SACrio de cristal

  1. Río Caño Cristales – Located in Colombia, east of the Andes. This river is 100 km long and looks like a “liquid rainbow” — during certain seasons of the year, when the temperature, sunlight and water depth are just right, the river turns pink, yellow and blue, like an hallucinogenic current of colors in movement. This is because the riverbed is home to a small endemic water plant, called macarenia clavigera.

. SAsalar-de-uyuni

  1. Salar de Uyuni – The world’s largest salt flat, at over 10,000 square kilometers with numerous islands. During the rainy season, the salt flat, located in southwestern Bolivia, is covered by a thin layer of water and reflects the sky or anything above its surface. Its plains look like valleys of mirrors, lunar scenery where people and vehicles seem, miraculously, to walk on water.

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SAglaciar

  1. Perito Moreno Glacier — The southwest part of the Argentine Patagonia features this glacier that emerges onto the southern end of the Argentine lake and covers an area of 240 square kilometers; it approaches land and is about sixty meters above sea level. Every three or four years, the face of the ice mass collapses, created an imposing natural spectacle. The glacier, which moves about two meters per day, appears as a wave of ice that’s about to slide away and bury everything in its path: a frozen paradise that only Patagonia can offer.

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  1. Salto Ángel – In eastern Venezuela is the world’s highest waterfall, at 979 meters. The cascade emerges from a steep plateau leading to a vertical wall called Auyantepuy. The imposing water column falls furiously and thunderously, surrounded by rainforest and clouds of mist. This place is known by the Pemones indigenous people as kerepakupai verá, which means “waterfall from the deepest place.” For them, the Auyantepui is the Devil’s mountain, home to the evil spirits and the evil lord, an imposing place, and according to them, full of darkness.

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SAatacama

  1. Atacama Desert – Northern Chile is home to the driest region on the planet. It is one of the most unique places on earth and covers more than 100,000 square kilometers. This region was a seabed three million years ago and is now one of the best places on the planet to observe the sky because of its altitude and the lack of light. This desert has distinct regions, with geysers, thermal waters, lagoons (home to pink flamingos), valleys, mountains, salt flats and rock formations.

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South America, that lively cultural cumulus situated on 20 million square kilometers, includes deserts, glaciers, beach paradises, rainforests and the world’s longest rivers. But within that sparkling lineup is a series of destinations that stand out for their uniqueness and beauty.

We have chosen five places to share — a sample of the paradisiacal nature abounding in this region:

SACrio de cristal

  1. Río Caño Cristales – Located in Colombia, east of the Andes. This river is 100 km long and looks like a “liquid rainbow” — during certain seasons of the year, when the temperature, sunlight and water depth are just right, the river turns pink, yellow and blue, like an hallucinogenic current of colors in movement. This is because the riverbed is home to a small endemic water plant, called macarenia clavigera.

. SAsalar-de-uyuni

  1. Salar de Uyuni – The world’s largest salt flat, at over 10,000 square kilometers with numerous islands. During the rainy season, the salt flat, located in southwestern Bolivia, is covered by a thin layer of water and reflects the sky or anything above its surface. Its plains look like valleys of mirrors, lunar scenery where people and vehicles seem, miraculously, to walk on water.

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SAglaciar

  1. Perito Moreno Glacier — The southwest part of the Argentine Patagonia features this glacier that emerges onto the southern end of the Argentine lake and covers an area of 240 square kilometers; it approaches land and is about sixty meters above sea level. Every three or four years, the face of the ice mass collapses, created an imposing natural spectacle. The glacier, which moves about two meters per day, appears as a wave of ice that’s about to slide away and bury everything in its path: a frozen paradise that only Patagonia can offer.

 .

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  1. Salto Ángel – In eastern Venezuela is the world’s highest waterfall, at 979 meters. The cascade emerges from a steep plateau leading to a vertical wall called Auyantepuy. The imposing water column falls furiously and thunderously, surrounded by rainforest and clouds of mist. This place is known by the Pemones indigenous people as kerepakupai verá, which means “waterfall from the deepest place.” For them, the Auyantepui is the Devil’s mountain, home to the evil spirits and the evil lord, an imposing place, and according to them, full of darkness.

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SAatacama

  1. Atacama Desert – Northern Chile is home to the driest region on the planet. It is one of the most unique places on earth and covers more than 100,000 square kilometers. This region was a seabed three million years ago and is now one of the best places on the planet to observe the sky because of its altitude and the lack of light. This desert has distinct regions, with geysers, thermal waters, lagoons (home to pink flamingos), valleys, mountains, salt flats and rock formations.

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