10 curiosities of South America you don’t know yet

10 curiosidades de Sudamérica

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The southern half of the American continent offers incredible landscapes and unforgettable experiences. South America is a perfect destination to connect with nature and different cultures. If you still don’t know which country to visit, we’re going to make it more difficult for you with these 10 curiosities of South America:

  1. Between two oceans
  2. It is Panama and it is somewhat complex to explain. Basically, it is due to its curvature. This particularity means that from Panama you can see the sunrise over the Pacific Ocean as well as the sunset over the Caribbean Sea.

    Panama map

  3. The world’s flattest country
  4. It’s curious, but Bolivia being at high altitude, is also the flattest country in the world. Continuing with the records we remind you that it has the largest salt flat that exists, if you do not believe us you can always go to Uyuni Salt Flats and measure it. You won’t have an uphill battle.

  5. Boycott to McDonald’s
  6. As you read it! Bolivia is the only country in Latin America where the large multinational went bankrupt. All its stores had to close and the reasons were social, economic and cultural. In short, for the locals fast food was not an option, the price was excessive and they directly preferred the flavors of their land. Do not think that things have changed, if you travel to Bolivia you will not find a McDonald’s.

  7. Gastronomic capital of Latin America
  8. The Peruvian gastronomy has more than 500 different meals and specialties. That’s why it won’t surprise you that Lima is considered the gastronomic capital of South America. Well, it does surprise, it’s incredible! Maybe it’s because of its more than 90 different microclimates.

    Ceviche Peru gastronomy

  9. The meteorite that wiped out dinosaurs
  10. There goes the fifth of the curiosities of South America. In Mexico landed the meteorite that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. It was in the town of Chicxulub, on the coast of Yucatan. If it hadn’t happened now you could enjoy a day in Sian Ka’an with a diplodocus.

  11. The driest place in the world
  12. The Atacama Desert in Chile is the most arid non-polar desert on the planet and is considered the driest place in existence. It passed four centuries without rain and its landscape amaze anyone, if you dare to visit the Valley of the Moon you will know what we are talking about.

    Curiosities of South America Moon Valley Atacama Chile

  13. The highest mountain
  14. In the province of Mendoza in Argentina is located the Aconcagua, the highest mountain in South America and the highest peak outside Asia. Apart from climbing the impressive Aconcagua, we can’t help but recommend traveling the Perito Moreno, one of the most spectacular glaciers in Patagonia, and the world!

    Aconcagua mountain Argentina

  15. An illuminated sea
  16. It is in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, where in addition to enjoying a Isla del Pirata Tour and a swim in its crystal clear waters, you can bathe in an illuminated sea. It’s not that there are spotlights, it’s that there is bioluminescent plankton that glows in the water. What curiosities of South America we are unveiling for you!

  17. Snow at the ocean
  18. Colombia has the only snow-capped mountain at the foot of the ocean. Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta also offers unique visits to forests, viewpoints, beaches, waterfalls and natural pools. And while you’re at it, you have the option of discovering Lost City, which is even more mind-blowing.

    Mountain Sierra Nevada Colombia

  19. Fish rain
  20. It’s as unbelievable as it sounds, but it’s real. In northern Honduras, in the city of Yoro, every year between May and June the biggest storm of the year is loaded with fish. It is not magic even though it looks like it. A tornado sucks them up and transports them to a storm cloud that then discharges the famous Yoro fish rain. Who said it was necessary to go fishing?

What 10 curiosities of South America! Each one is better than the last, don’t you think? Between raining fish, the illuminated sea and a simultaneous sunrise and sunset, it becomes difficult to choose a destination. For the moment, what is your first choice?


Journalist, nomad and adventurer. Paula would never say no to a camping trip and is an expert in setting up a tent in less than 10 seconds.

Besides that, she loves to dance and maybe that's why she loves Latin America so much. One of her best trips was to Argentina, but she has many more destinations behind her, which she talks about in this blog.

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