Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Tour Latin America's Fabulous Attractions

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Tour Latin America's Fabulous Attractions

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THE world's tallest waterfall, driest desert, longest mountain range and biggest carnival are all found in Latin America, with the spectacular natural and cultural marvels drawing increasing numbers of tourists to the continent each year.

As Australia's first and longest-running tour operator for Latin America, Contours Travel has released a list of the top 15 record-breaking attractions across South and Central America:

1. Tallest waterfall in the world - Angel Falls, Venezuela

At 979m tall, the majestic Angel Falls tumbles from a cleft on the edge of the Auyan-tepui mountain. It is considered one of the world's most spectacular natural wonders.

2. Widest street in the world - July 9 Ave, Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires' grand boulevard, July 9 Ave, is the world's widest street. Named after Argentina's Independence Day, the avenue is 140m wide and includes seven lanes of traffic in each direction and another two parallel side streets as well as medians containing monuments and gardens.

3. Driest desert in the world - Atacama Desert, Chile

The huge Atacama Desert receives on average 15mm of rain a year, while many of its weather stations have never recorded a single drop.

4. Highest volcano in the world - Nevado Ojos del Salado, Argentina/ Chile

Towering 6893m above sea level, the world's highest active volcano is located on the border of Argentina and Chile.

5. Biggest rainforest in the world - Amazon Rainforest

Spreading across the territory of nine different countries, the Amazon Rainforest covers 5.5 million square kilometres. The Amazon River is also the world's largest river in volume, containing 20 per cent of the Earth's fresh water.

6. Deepest Canyon in the Americas - Cotahuasi Canyon, Peru

With a depth of 335m - twice the depth of the Grand Canyon - Cotahuasi Canyon is also among the deepest in the world.

7. Highest capital city in the world - La Paz, Bolivia

Located 3640m above sea level and 1400m higher than Australia's Mt Kosciusko, La Paz is also an important cultural and historical attraction.

8. Longest mountain range in the world - the Andes

At 7000km long and stretching across seven countries, the Andes is the longest mountain range on the planet. …

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