South America is known for its diversity in cultures and landscapes however there are plenty of man made wonders in this region. Here you will find some of the most impressive masterpieces in South America.
Las Lajas Sanctuary – Narino Colombia
Las Lajas Sanctuary tops the list of man made wonders in South America. It is a neo-gothic Roman Catholic cathedral and church located alongside steep cliffs in Narino Colombia. It has made a name from its amazing architecture and myths involving the appearance of the Virgin Mary. The church connects to the opposite site of the canyon by a 50 meters high bridge over the Guaitara river and it rises 100 meters high from the bottom of the canyon. The Cathedral was built between 1916 and 1949 and since then has been a tourism and pilgrimage destination.
Machu Picchu – Peru
One of the most iconic places in the world and one of the man made wonders of south america is undoubtedly Machu Picchu. It has been an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983 and one of the 7 Wonders of the World, welcoming thousands of people from around the world. Legends and myths indicate that Machu Picchu served as either as royal estate for Inca emperors or as a sacred and religious site. Machu Picchu is made up of more than 150 buildings around an area of 5 miles. The ruins have temples, palaces, baths in a remarkable state of preservation. The structures are architectural and aesthetic wonders, where the building blocks are so precisely sculpted and fitted together that not even a knife blade can be inserted. It is definitely one of the most beautiful and enigmatic places around Latin America and the world.
Easter Island – Chile
Easter Island is located around 2300 miles from Chile’s coast and it’s known as Rapa Nui to its earlier inhabitants. The island was formed by a series of volcanic eruptions and it is known for its mysterious and insightful monumental statues known as moai. It is still a mystery how the statues got there and there have been much speculation about the purpose of the statues and the role they played in the island. In 1995 the island was named World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
San Ignacio Miní – Argentina
Lying in the middle of the Argentinian rain forest, stands the San Ignacio Miní Jesuit complex. The complex was built to educate and convert Guarani people. San Ignacio Miní was built in 1966 in a Spanish baroque style with an influence of indigenous motifs. The buildings are built around a central square and it was equipped with a school, hospital, dormitories and an amazing church with wood interior. UNESCO declared the ruins a World Heritage Site in 1984.
Tavarangué – Itapúa Paraguay
In addition to the San Ignacio Miní ruins in Argentina, the Jesuits built an other complex with the same purpose in Paraguay. These ruins lie about 45 minutes outside Encarnacion city by bus. It was established in 1706, and it was one of the most ambitious of its kind covering a total area of 8 hectares. Tavarangué is an architectural expression characterized by a combination of christian and Arab architectural styles. The complex consists of a main church, a school, cemeteries, gardens, houses and workshops.
Christ the Redeemer – Brazil
Who has not heard of the famous statue Christ the Redeemer that sits atop Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. It is one of Brazil’s and South America’s most recognized landmarks and provides a stunning view of the city. The statue was built between 1922 and 1931 and it is know as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.