This vast habitat is the world's largest freshwater wetland - an immense, landlocked river delta covering large part of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul and tracts of Bolivia and Paraguay.
The United States government on Friday will begin making it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba than it has been for more than half a century, opening the door to a new era of contact between neighbors that have been estranged longer than most of their citizens have been alive.
Andean peaks, Amazonian rainforest, Patagonian glaciers, Incan ruins, colonial towns, white-sand beaches and vertiginous nightlife: the wonders of South America set the stage for incredible adventures.
There is something magical about volcanoes. In the mind’s eye, their ice-frosted peaks rise perfect and cylindrical, topped with cotton-wool wisps of white smoke like the mystical mountains of fairy tales.
President Obama’s order on Dec. 17 to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than 50 years has many ramifications, including for travel. Many restrictions remain in place for Americans wanting to visit Cuba, but the order makes it easier for a number of prospective travelers.