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The Top Ten Places to Visit in South America

The Top Ten Places to Visit in South America | MS Geography Resources |
South America is a land of natural exotic beauty that will leave you speechless, a land of mystery and great historic importance. If you make a trip to the southern hemisphere, be sure to include these precious gems.

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Kaitlin Young's curator insight, December 14, 2:22 PM

South America hosts incredibly diverse environments and landscapes, with astonishing natural wonders. From snow topped mountains, to dense tropical rain forests, South America is a continent of contrasts. With so many differences between places, it is not hard to imagine how these natural forces also shaped the people and their differing cultures and traditions. 

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 14, 6:56 PM

Unfortunately when many thing of South America the two paramount aspects happen to be crime and poverty. While these are undeniably present in this region this article shows some of South Americas offerings, it's beautiful landscapes. Long winding rivers ending in amazing water falls as well as dense rain forests which break to show colossal mountains and cliffs. These are truly sights worth taking in.

Alyssa Dorr's curator insight, December 17, 12:32 AM

These top places to visit are my favorite types of articles to read. Of course I always want to visit all of them because I have never even been out of the country. The number one place to visit in South America is Inquitos, Peru. Here you can explore the rivers and the rainforest, and there is even a famous floating village. There is a huge diversity of wildlife, which always has fascinated me. There is also a butterfly farm to check out along with an animal rescue center. This differs from number ten on the list which is San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina. This is not the rainforest scene, which is where I would prefer to be. Here, we have some of the most breathe-taking mountain views in the world. In addition to the mountains, it also provides bodies of water to see as well. Outdoor activities are mostly done in this area. That includes hiking, cycling, camping, and skiing. This place is definitely not one for me. I am more of a wildlife rainforest type of tourist.

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Tunneling through Andes to speed global trade

Tunneling through Andes to speed global trade | MS Geography Resources |
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — South American engineers are trying to tackle one of the continent's greatest natural challenges: the towering Andes mountain chain that creates a costly physical barrier for...

At the NCGE conference, noted author Harm De Blij mentioned a daring project that would link Eastern South America with the Pacific as engineers were planning to tunnel under the Andes mountains.  Here is a link to an article on this intermodal transportation project that would lower the shipping costs from East Asia to the Southern Atlantic.  Government officials in both Argentina and Brazil have described the  project as a matter of "national interest."  

Tags: transportation, LatinAmerica, globalization, industry, economic, development, unit 6 industry.

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Hector Alonzo's curator insight, October 27, 11:06 PM

Building a tunnel through the Andes is said to be a "$3.5 Billion private railway" but it would be worth it because it will cut down the time it takes to ship and would essentially save millions of dollars. The railway would unite two different countries and allow for trade to become easier and more accessible.


Alec Castagno's curator insight, December 4, 2:36 PM

A tunnel running under the Andes mountains could have major economic benefits for much of South America, but making shipping easier, more accessible, and cheaper. It could help Argentina and Brazil reach their opposite coasts, which could boost their economies tremendously. Brazil, a BRIC country, could especially benefit as the tunnel will help speed their development. The tunneling project is even more appealing as the current plan does not rely on government funding.

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 14, 6:53 PM

While on the outside this article seems to be highlighting the interest in trade and mobility many have in South America in fact it's showing the political maneuvering of China. The Chinese are looking for ways to get around using the American dominated Panama Canal. It will be interesting to see how China's presence continues to grow not only in South America but also in Africa and the Middle East.