One of my reader Cristine has asked me to publish a post on my blog on her behalf. She loves my blog and want to spread her knowledge on South America to my fellow readers. Hope you find it useful.
SOUTH AMERICA AT A GLANCE
-South America is a sub-continent of America. It is bordered on the north and east by Atlantic
Ocean, Pacific Ocean to the south and the Caribbean ocean on the northeast.
-North America has twelve sovereign states which include Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and
Argentina among others. It also has two non-sovereign area which are Falkland Islands, which is
a British territory, and French Guiana, which is an overseas department of France.
-The continent covers a space of about 17,840,000 km squared and has a population of
approximately 385, 742,000 million people as per 2011 census making it the fifth most
-Some of the most affordable tourist attractions in South America include,
-Angel falls is a waterfall in Venezuela. This is waterfall is has a height of about 979 meters and
a width of 807 meters making it the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall.
-Historians believe that the waterfall was first discovered by Spanish explorers during the 16th
and 17th centuries. The waterfall remained undocumented until the 19th century.
-The fall was named in the mid-20th century by Jimmie Angel, the first explorer to fly over
Angels falls. His ashes were scattered over the fall in mid-1960.
-The fall is the greatest tourist attractions and also a major landmark in South America.
-The Amazon River discharges an average of 209,000 cubic of water per second making it the
largest river globally in term of water discharge. It is also considered the second longest river
after River Nile and that contains largest drainage basin in the globe.
-During the dry season, the river’s width can be between 1.6 kilometre on narrow strip and 10
kilometres on wide strips but during wet seasons, the river swells covering a width of 48
kilometres or even more.
-The river is also a home to thousands of animal and bird spices.
RIO DE JANEIRO
-Rio De Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil and the sixth largest city in the United States.
The city was founded in 1565 and is probably the most exciting places to visit in South America.
-One of the major landmarks in Rio De Janeiro is the great statue of Christ the redeemer on top
of mount Corcovado. The statue is considered to be a new wonder.
-The city held the 2014 world cup event and will hold the 2016 summer Paralympics as well as
the 2016 summer Olympics.
-The city has numerous shopping malls and cafeterias and the mode of transport is marvellous.
-Cusco is a south eastern city in Peru near Urubamba valley of the Mount Andes range. This city
was the historic capital of Inca Empire which ruled from 13th century to 1532 and was declared
a world heritage centre by UNESCO in 1983.
-This ancient city is a major tourist attraction with more than two million visitors touring this
-The city holds some history about the evolution of the South America continent.
-Buenos Aires is the capital city of Argentina and also the second largest city in Argentina after
Sao Paulo. The city was established in 1516 when it was a major trade route.
-The city has very fine gift shops and ancient buildings. The population is estimated to be about
2 million people as per the 2001 national census.