National Parks in Croatia and Brazil - different but somehow similar

It isn't easy to chase after a football or wholeheartedly support the players in temperatures of 30 degrees, so it seems likely that some supporters will seek refuge in one of the Brazilian national parks.
The most famous Brazilian waterfall, which is an impressive 2700 metres tall, is located in the Iguac National Park and is on the same list of the most beautiful national parks in the world as Croatia's Plitvice Lakes.
Although they are not as large, the waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes enchant with their crystal-clear blue-green colour and their sylvan landscape and because of this in 1979 UNESCO proclaimed them a World Natural Heritage site.
Just as the Brazilian National Park of Serra Da Capivara has cultural significance thanks to its 25,000 year-old cave paintings, so the Mljet National Park is proud of its exceptional historical and cultural heritage dating from the days of the Roman Empire.
The first hydro-electric power station was built on the waterfalls of the mighty Niagara River but only two days later another one popped up below the Skradinski Buk waterfall, which is the most well-known of the seven waterfalls in the Krka National Park.
The Velebit mountain is home to two national parks: the Siberia plant, which has become endemic in Croatia, established itself in North Velebit, while in the more southerly part of the region lies the Paklenica National Park. This is a not to be missed destination for climbers, who can test their skills on Anić Kuk, which is Croatia's largest rockface.
Visitors to the Risnjak National Park will experience its beauty, which imparts a subtle feeling of the charms of natural phenomena while the underwater world of the Kornati National Park has many wonderful stories to tell.
If your travels take you to Istria, do visit the Brijuni National Park, which many call 'Paradise on Earth' thanks to its indented coastline, history and diverse flora and fauna.
Maybe given its performance in the Football World Cup of 2014, Croatia will not be listed in the book of footballing successes of the world, but one thing is certain – on the world map of natural beauty, Croatia has long since warranted its place.

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