Protected Areas in South America

Beni Biosphere Reserve: A Confluence of Nature and Culture

The Beni Biosphere Reserve is located in the Department of Beni in northeastern Bolivia. It is a unique area that combines three distinct biogeographical zones: the Amazon, the Chaco, and the Cerrado. The reserve comprises a savanna and rainforest and is one of Bolivia's oldest and most important protected areas. It is a haven for a wide variety of plant and animal species and a place with a rich cultural heritage.

Bicentenario-Ayacucho Biosphere Reserve: Nature, History, and Culture in Peru's Central Andes

In the heart of Peru's Central Andes lies the Bicentenario-Ayacucho Biosphere Reserve, surrounded by a breathtaking collage of mountains and valleys. This protected wilderness sanctuary is of tremendous ecological and cultural importance, enriched with historical, religious, and social values. It has been designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve due to its unparalleled environmental and cultural significance.

Biodiversity Hotspot: The Atlantic Forest Southeast Reserves of Brazil

Nestled in the states of Paraná and São Paulo, Brazil, the Atlantic Forest Southeast Reserves stand as a testament to the incredible biodiversity and ecological richness of the Atlantic Forest. This World Heritage site, part of the larger Mata Atlântica Biosphere Reserve, encompasses some of the finest remaining examples of the Atlantic Forest, one of the most threatened biomes in the world.

Bosque de Fray Jorge National Park: Oasis of Biodiversity and Natural Beauty

Nestled amidst the arid landscapes of the Atacama Desert, Bosque de Fray Jorge National Park emerges as a verdant oasis of biodiversity and natural beauty within the Cordillera de Talinay, part of the Chilean Coastal Range. Situated approximately 100 kilometers south of La Serena on the Pacific Ocean, this national park is a testament to the resilience of life in the face of challenging environmental conditions.

Bosque Seco Biosphere Reserve: Natural Splendor Meets Cultural Heritage

The Bosque Seco Biosphere Reserve is a biodiverse haven with diverse landscapes, from mountains to plains, providing vital climate regulation and water services. Home to Ecuador's best-preserved dry forests, the reserve boasts rich flora and fauna. Collaborating with Peru, it became part of the Bosques de Paz Transboundary Biosphere Reserve, showcasing the nexus of nature and culture.

Brazilian Atlantic Islands: A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Brazilian Atlantic Islands, comprising the Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park and the Atol das Rocas Biological Reserve, form an exceptional UNESCO World Heritage Site recognized for their unique biodiversity, stunning landscapes, and significant ecological roles in the South Atlantic. The archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, located off the northeastern coast of Brazil, plays a critical role in maintaining the ecological balance of the South Atlantic.