Ciénaga de Zapata (Zapata Swamp) is located within the Zapata Peninsula on the southern coast of Cuba. Both a National Park and Biosphere Reserve, it is one of the largest and most important wetlands in the Caribbean region with a marine borderline.
Cuyo is the historical wine-producing region located in the mountainous area of central-west Argentina. Along with the city of Mendoza, some of the most popular tourist attractions in Argentina are found here, including the highest mountain massifs in the Andes.
The Juan Fernández Archipelago is a sparsely inhabited group of islands in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Chile. The protected areas include the islands of Robinson Crusoe, Alexander Selkirk and Santa Clara as well as all of the smaller islets in the area.
Colonia del Sacramento is located at the tip of a short peninsula with a strategic position on the north shore of Uruguay's Río de la Plata. The Historic Quarter is a fusion of Portuguese, Spanish and post-colonial styles. The buildings date from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
Beginning high in the Sierra Parima Mountains of Venezuela and Brazil, the Orinoco River flows in a giant arc before discharging in the Atlantic Ocean in Venezuela. Its tributaries are the major transportation system for eastern and interior Venezuela and the llanos of Colombia.
El Yunque National Forest is a forest reserve located in northeastern Puerto Rico, is located on the slopes of the Sierra de Luquillo mountains and is the only tropical rain forest in the U.S. National Forest System. High annual rainfall creates a jungle-like setting with lush foliage, crags, waterfalls and rivers.
The Solentiname Islands are an archipelago located in the southeastern part of Lake Nicaragua. They are made up of four larger islands: Mancarroncito, Mancarrón, San Fernando and La Venada. Along with some 32 smaller islands with rocky headlands, they afford shelter to numerous aquatic birds.
Jardines de la Reina is an archipelago off the southern coast of Cuba. Cuba's second largest archipelago, it is formed by more than 250 virgin coral islands and numerous cays. Both a marine reserve and national park, the island group is one of Cuba's largest protected areas.
Salt River Bay National Historic Park and Ecological Preserve is located on the island of St. Croix. The protected area preserves upland watersheds, mangrove forests and marine environments. It also contains the the only known site where a Columbus expedition set foot on what is now U.S. territory.
The Cordillera de Talamanca is a mountain range that lies on the southeast half of Costa Rica and the far west of Panama. It is a spectacular range that rises from sea level on the Caribbean side to over 12,000 ft and then drops back down to the Valle General on the Pacific side.
Los Quetzales National Park encompasses what was formerly the Los Santos Forest Reserve, stretching across 12,355 acres of both rain forest and cloud forest, encompassing fourteen different ecosystems. The park is named for the colorful Resplendent Quetzal which is found here.
The Archipiélago de Colón (Galápagos Islands) are volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean, roughly 600 miles west of continental Ecuador. The archipelago is known for its large number of endemic species and were studied by Charles Darwin during the second voyage of HMS Beagle.
The Mosquito Coast, also known as the "Miskito Coast", historically included the Miskito kingdom's fluctuating area along the eastern coast of present-day Nicaragua and Honduras. It was named after the local Miskito Amerindians and was long dominated by British interests.
Stanley, formerly known as Port Stanley, is the capital of the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas). Founded in 1843, the town is located on the island of East Falkland. Prior to the construction of the Panama Canal, Stanley was a major repair stop for boats traveling through the Straits of Magellan.