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South America includes 12 sovereign states: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela, and a part of France (French Guiana). Most countries speak their specific dialects of Spanish, but Portuguese is the majority language by a small margin due to the fact that Brazil is the largest country in the continent. South America is home to more plant and animal species than anywhere on Earth.
There are many places to observe animals in natural habitat. Just be careful with places that exploit animals instead of helping them. Please, always research before visiting. An example of a trustworthy place to see wildlife in South America is the Bird Park at the Iguazu Falls National Reserve. In Peru, you can feel the spirits of the Andes at Parque Nacional Manu. In Argentina, Unesco World Heritage site Península Valdés is home to sea lions, seals, penguins and numerous seabirds, being one of South America’s best wildlife reserves.
South America is the place for a classic backpacker adventure. You can use Worldpackers to save some money by exchanging work for accommodation in Sao Paulo, Lima, Buenos Aires and a lot of other places included in our host list. From big cities to beaches and countrysides, we’ve got you covered! You can explore South America by applying to the positions that match your skills, once you become a Worldpackers member for only $49 a year. Maybe come visit Worldpackers headquarters in Sao Paulo!
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