Tag Archives: South America

BBC Wilderness Views: The Wetlands Of Argentina

BBC Earth – It is one of the largest freshwater reservoirs on the South American continent. It is the largest protected area in Argentina, with 1.3 million hectares of pristine wilderness. Also referred to as Esteros del Iberá, the Iberá Wetlands stays true to its name with a spectacular offering of streams, marshes, lagoons and swamps that cover approximately 14 % of the Corrientes Province.

The wetlands are home to a staggering 4,000 plant and animal species, which make up 30 % of Argentina’s biodiversity. The indigenous communities of the wetlands inhabited the area as early as in the 9th century.

Aerial Views: Santiago – Capital Of Chile (4K)

Santiago, capital of Chile. It lies on the canalized Mapocho River, with views of high Andean peaks to the east.

The city was founded as Santiago del Nuevo Extremo (“Santiago of the New Frontier”) in 1541 by the Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia. The area was inhabited by the Picunche Indians, who were placed under the rule of the Spanish settlers. The original city site was limited by the two surrounding arms of the Mapocho River and by Huelén (renamed Santa Lucía) Hill to the east, which served as a lookout.

Greater Santiago contains Chile’s greatest concentration of industry. The main products are foodstuffs, textiles, shoes, and clothes; metallurgy and copper mining are also important. The city also has an active financial sector, including a stock exchange, the major banks with hundreds of branches, and many insurance companies.

Santiago is the centre of the nation’s railroads. Highways and roads connect the city with the ports of San Antonio to the west and Valparaíso to the northwest, thus providing an outlet to the Pacific Ocean. The city has a subway system, and air services are provided by the international airport at Pudahuel and the airport at Los Cerrillos, which handles domestic flights. There are also two smaller civil airports—Lo Castillo and Tobalaba—as well as El Bosque, a military airport.

Venezuela Views: Colonia Tovar Is “Little Germany”

DW Travel – Where can you find half-timbered houses, German beer, and Black Forest cake in South America? Colonia Tovar. DW’s Joel Dullroy visited the Venezuelan tourist attraction, where he felt transported back to the heart of the Black Forest. The town has a population of roughly 20,000 people, and was founded by German immigrants around 150 years ago. Not much has changed there since then.

Colonia Tovar is a town of Venezuela, capital of the municipality Tovar in Aragua state. It is located about 65.5 km west of Caracas. It was founded on April 8, 1843, by a group of 390 immigrants from the then independent state of the Grand Duchy of Baden.

Aerial Views: Brasilia – Capital Of Brazil (4K)

Brasília, inaugurated as Brazil’s capital in 1960, is a planned city distinguished by its white, modern architecture, chiefly designed by Oscar Niemeyer. Laid out in the shape of an airplane, its “fuselage” is the Monumental Axis, 2 wide avenues flanking a massive park. In the “cockpit” is Praça dos Três Poderes, named for the 3 branches of government surrounding it.

South American Views: João Pessoa In East Brazil

João Pessoa is a coastal city near the mouth of the Paraíba River in eastern Brazil. Its old town is known for its baroque and art nouveau architecture. The 16th-century São Francisco Church has Portuguese painted tiles in its courtyard and an ornate, gold-adorned chapel. Tambaú and Cabo Branco beaches are lined with bars and nightclubs, plus shops selling local woodcarvings and pottery.

Video timeline: 1:35 Panning wide sunset landscape of famous place of the city of Joao Pessoa at Brazilian Paraiba State. , 2:06 Touristic city of Joao Pessoa, 2:43 Downtown Joao Pessoa Paraiba, 3:12 Historical downtown city of Joao Pessoa at Brazilian Paraiba State. Medieval buildings at the Historic center, 3:31 Downtown Joao Pessoa.

South America Views: Santiago, Chile (4K)

Santiago, capital of Chile. It lies on the canalized Mapocho River, with views of high Andean peaks to the east.

The city was founded as Santiago del Nuevo Extremo (“Santiago of the New Frontier”) in 1541 by the Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia. The area was inhabited by the Picunche Indians, who were placed under the rule of the Spanish settlers. The original city site was limited by the two surrounding arms of the Mapocho River and by Huelén (renamed Santa Lucía) Hill to the east, which served as a lookout.

November 2022: National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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The November 2022 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK).

The November issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK) is out now. The cover story this month looks at Colombia, South America’s rising star, with a focus on wild river safaris in the Amazon jungle, the vibrant cities of Bogotá, Cartagena and Medellín, the innovative Indigenous communities, the stunning archipelago of the Rosario Islands and the best of the Coffee Triangle.

Aerial Views: Angel Falls In Eastern Venezuela (5K)

5.4K UltraHD aerial footage of my drone flights at the Angel Falls in Canaima National Park (UNESCO World Heritage site in Gran Sabana region of Bolivar State in Venezuela). Filmed in 2022.

Video timeline: ▶️ Drone – Angel Falls 2022 0:00 ▶️ Salto Angel 1:15 ▶️ Canaima National Park Venezuela 2:30

Angel Falls, Spanish Salto Ángel, also called Salto Churún Merúwaterfall in the Guiana Highlands in Bolívar state, southeastern Venezuela, on the Churún River, a tributary of the Caroní, 160 miles (260 km) southeast of Ciudad Bolívar. The highest waterfall in the world, the cataract drops 3,212 feet (979 metres) and is 500 feet (150 metres) wide at the base. It leaps from a flat-topped plateau, Auyán-Tepuí (“Devils Mountain”), barely making contact with the sheer face. The falls are located in Canaima National Park, and, because of the dense jungle surrounding the falls, they are best seen from the air.

The falls, first sighted by outsiders in the 1930s, were named for James Angel, an American adventurer who crash-landed his plane on a nearby mesa in 1937. In late 2009 Venezuelan Pres. Hugo Chávez declared that the falls should be referred to as Kerepakupai Merú, an indigenous name.

Political Analysis: Brazil – A Fractured Nation (FT)

Latin America’s largest nation is facing its most important election in decades as Jair Bolsonaro and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva square off amid deep political and cultural polarisation. FT Brazil bureau chief Bryan Harris travels the nation to look at the enormous economic and social challenges facing the next president. He meets wealthy farmers, truckers, evangelicals and those facing food insecurity. Read more at https://on.ft.com/3Cjrg5T

Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. At 8.5 million square kilometers and with over 214 million people, Brazil is the world’s fifth-largest country by area and the seventh most populous.

8K Views: The Mountains, Lakes And Cities Of Chile

Chile is a long, narrow country stretching along South America’s western edge, with more than 6,000km of Pacific Ocean coastline. Santiago, its capital, sits in a valley surrounded by the Andes and Chilean Coast Range mountains.

Video timeline: 0:00 Mountains and lake in torres 0:08 Salto del claro 0:15 Dry hills in chile 0:22 Santiago 0:29 Misty waterfall 0:34 Araucaria forests 0:42 Tagua lake 0:55 Salto del claro 1:05 Northern chile 1:14 Dry hills in chile 1:24 Rice farmer 1:30 Mother and Child War Memorial 1:37 Dry hills in chile 1:41 Santiago 1:48 Green forest 1:53 Torres del paine 1:58 Puerto montt los lagos 2:12 Chile child 2:23 Araucaria forests

The city’s palm-lined Plaza de Armas contains the neoclassical cathedral and the National History Museum. The massive Parque Metropolitano offers swimming pools, a botanical garden and zoo.