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South America UNESCO World Heritage Sites

South America UNESCO tours are available in almost every country on the continent. There are many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in South America, especially in Peru, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia. With both natural UNESCO sites and cultural UNESCO sites there are two main tour types. Cultural tours and historical tours could see you visit Inca sites in Peru, Imperial era buildings in Brazil or admire Spanish colonial architecture in Colombia. South American archaeological tours are possible too, with northern Peru a particularly good option. In contrast, South America nature and wildlife tours are possible at places such as the Perito Moreno Glacier, Iguazu Falls and the Pantanal wetlands. All the UNESCO World Heritage site tours below take you to some of the most memorable places in the world. Every UNESCO travel package is customized to fit your travel style, pace and schedule.

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How many Unesco World Heritage Sites are there in South America?

There are over 70 Cultural and Natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites in South America. This includes the landscape of Rio de Janeiro, Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina, Iguazu National Park and Machu Picchu to name just a few.

Which are the best UNESCO World Heritage Sites to visit in South America?

This will depend on your interests as there are a lot to choose from. The most famous ones include the Iguazu National Park (where the Iguazu Falls are found), Rapa Nui National Park on Easter Island, the Port of Cartagena in Colombia, the Galapagos Islands, Rio de Janeiro’s landscape, Machu Picchu and Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina. However, there are many more and you may be interested to include some of the less famous ones such as the historic center of Mompox in Colombia, the Inner City of Paramaribo in Suriname, historic Ouro Preto or the Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos in Bolivia.

Why does South America have so many World Heritage Sites?

In terms of natural sites, South America is a hugely varied continent, covering the Andes mountains, Pacific and Atlantic Coasts, Amazon Rainforest and unique islands. For cultural sites, there is a rich history here from South America’s native inhabitants to later colonial conquests. All this combines to make South America a very unique place and that is reflected in the number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
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