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Tributaries of the Amazon River

The Amazon is a river of many rivers stretching almost coast to coast across the northern regions of South America. The seventeen longest of the Amazon's 1,100 tributaries flow more than a thousand miles. Two of its tributaries, the Negro and the Madeira, are the fifth and sixth largest rivers in the world by volume. 

Galapagos Islands Travel by way of Peru

Southern Explorations offers the highest quality experience with the Galapagos Multi-Sport Adventure tour. Only in the Galapagos Islands can you lounge on the beach among sea lions or come upon thousands of huge marine iguanas napping next to a hiking trail. This active Galapagos vacation allows you to explore four islands on foot, mountain bike, and kayak with plenty of time for snorkeling. Unique to this trip, we offer lodging on the islands themselves.

Add Penguins to your Itinerary in Antarctica and Elsewhere

Ever since the release of the 2005 Oscar-winning French documentary, March of the Penguins, travelers have been gaga over penguins, showing up on bucket lists the world over. South America and Antarctica are of course much more than penguins, but if you believe, as many people do, that you may only make one big trip to these continents, it is possible to include a destination or two to glimpse, or even better, walk among these fascinating creatures.

An Introduction to the National Parks of Costa Rica

Though Argentina and Costa Rica contain about the same number of national parks, Argentina is the size of India and Costa Rica the size of West Virginia, explaining why hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts flock to this little bio-diverse country in Central America. Four of Costa Rica’s national parks fall within UNESCO World Heritage Sites; two contain RAMSAR-designated wetland sites of international importance.

The Northeast Region of Argentina

The Northeast contains two sub-regions, the Chaco and Mesopotamia. The Chaco includes the provinces of Formosa, Chaco and Santa Fe. Mesopotamia, meaning "land between rivers" includes the provinces of Misiones and Corrientes, the country's most easterly provinces that border Paraguay and Brazil, and Entre Rios Province to the south along the border with Uruguay. The region is rich with Jesuit history, contains the birthplace of famed liberator, Jose de San Martin, and is where Che Guevera spent his youth. Agriculture is still economically important on the plains of Santa Fe Province where in previous centuries, European immigrants converted open spaces to wheat fields. Yerba mate is cultivated in the mountainous areas of Misiones Province.

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