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10 Winter Escapes In South America (PHOTOS)

Posted: 02/15/2012 7:00 am

When severe winter weather is making headline news in multiple parts of the world, it's easy to overlook the fact that only half the planet is dealing with snow and ice. In the Southern Hemisphere, it's summer - and in South America, there is enough sun and warm weather to go around (not to mention plenty of activities to keep you outdoors and enjoying the summer temperatures).

Summer in South America means different things depending on where you are -- in some parts of the continent it's rather mild, while in others it's quite steamy -- but no matter where your travels take you there will be a long list of outdoor pursuits to choose from. In Patagonia, you can zipline through forest canopies or jet-ski across crystalline, azure lakes. In the tropical rainforests of Colombia and Venezuela, you can trek through steamy jungles to catch a glimpse of colorful birds and exotic animals.

If you've had enough of winter in your neck of the woods, here are 10 places in South America to escape the winter chill.

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  • The Pantanal, Brazil
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    The Pantanal in the south central area of Brazil is the world's largest protected wetland at 54,000 square miles, with up to 12 sub-regional ecosystems. As of 2000, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but generally lesser known to non-Brazilians than the Amazon basin. The extensive nature reserve was established to protect the more than 1000 species of birds, 400 of fish, 300 of mammals, 480 of reptiles, 9,000 of invertebrates and 3,000 species of known plant life.

    Camping, lodging, transportation and tour facilities are available and guides are recommended. Most hostels and hotels offer a package which includes piranha fishing, night safari jeep tours, horseback riding, river excursions, tubing and nature walks. Fly into Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro and take a connecting flight to the any of the towns closest to the wetlands: Campo Grande or Bonito in the south, Cuiaba in the north or Corumba in the west. Excursions or independent transportation can be booked from any of the towns and leave daily.
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Photos by: Marcio Carbal de Mouro, Tim Snell, sakkewiik, B10m, Remy Scalza, World Resources, kontour-travel.com, dnlpnsk, Cristian Borquez, Muhammad Almeida
 

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