The Razing of One of the World's Wildest Places

By Paige, Nicaragua, August 2011

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The vast and almost impenetrable plains of the Gran Chaco ("Big Hunting Ground") spread from Northern Argentina in a low, sweltering swath through parts of Paraguay, Bolivia, and Brazil. Though the admittedly more charismatic Amazon gets all the attention, the Chaco is the second-largest forest on the continent, and even more remote, covered with dry tropical forest thick with thorn trees, cactus, and dozens—perhaps hundreds—of endemic species as yet unknown to science.

The few travelers who make their way into its solitude, most with tour operators based in Buenos Aires, Asunción, or La Paz, compare it to the Australian outback.

Editor's Note: This recommendation was taken from our Argentina Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Argentina.

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