Located in the transition zone between the arid steppe of Argentine Patagonia and the temperate southern beech forests of Chilean Patagonia, Patagonia National Park encompasses an array of ecosystems including grassland, riparian forest and wetland.
Sierra de las Quijadas National Park is located in the northwestern part of the Argentine province of San Luis. It was established to protect the natural features representative of the Semiarid Chaco and Argentine Low Monte ecoregions. It is the only protected area in this transition area.
Noel Kempff Mercado National Park is one of the largest, most intact parks in the Amazon Basin and is the site of a rich mosaic of habitat type. The park boasts an evolutionary history dating back over a billion years to the Precambrian period.
The Noroeste Amotapes-Manglares Biosphere Reserve is located on the northern coast of Peru and covers part of the Ecuadorian dry forest in the tropical Pacific forest. It includes Cerros de Amotape National Park, Coto de Caza El Angolo (game reserve) and Tumbes Mangroves Protected Area.
The Oxapampa-Ashaninka-Yanesha Biosphere Reserve is located in central Peru and consists of the last undisturbed ecosystems in the country's central jungle. Its location between the Amazon forest lowland and montane cloud forest results in a high diversity of flora and fauna.
Located in western central Brazil, the Pantanal Conservation Area comprises a cluster of four contiguous protected areas within the world's largest tropical wetland area: the Pantanal Matogrossense National Park and the Special Reserves of Acurizal, Penha and Doroche.
Located between the Serra da Bocaina mountain range and the Atlantic Ocean, this cultural and natural landscape includes the historic center of Paraty, the island of Ilha Grande as well as four protected natural areas of the Atlantic Forest, one of the world's key biodiversity hotspots.
The Patagonia Azul Biosphere Reserve encompasses an area with the greatest biodiversity on the Argentine coastline. The area includes important breeding, feeding and migration sites for various species. It also hosts the largest colony of Magellanic penguins in the world.
Península Valdés is a site of global significance for the conservation of marine mammals. It is home to significant biodiversity including highly fragile terrestrial and marine ecosystems. The dynamic coastal zone features rocky cliffs, shallow bays, coastal lagoons, pebble beaches, and small islands.
Los Glaciares National Park is an area of exceptional natural beauty, with rugged, towering mountains and numerous glacial lakes. At its farthest end, three glaciers meet to dump their effluvia into the milky grey glacial water, launching massive igloo icebergs into the lake with thunderous splashes.
The Pilón-Lajas Biosphere Reserve is located on the far eastern spur of the Andes. It comprises mixed mountain and highland systems: low hills and Amazonian plains covered with tropical humid forests, subtropical and tropical forest, forests in ancient alluvial terraces, plus mountain and valley forests.
The Podocarpus-El Condor Biosphere Reserve covers an area of over 2.6 million acres in southern Ecuador. This area, which includes the Podocarpus and El Condor National Parks, is considered to be one of the most important sites for biodiversity in the world.