The 20 largest countries in the world

Have you ever wondered which are the largest countries in the world?  

The 20 largest countries in the world
Due to its territorial extension, incredible in some cases, and all of them inhabited, for which Antarctica is excluded, we take a long walk through the 20 largest countries in the world: from waterfalls in Canada to beaches in Australia, passing through infinite steppes in Mongolia or majestic waterfalls in Brazil.

Who could take such a trip, right?

20. Peru

The last in this list of the world's largest countries is the best culinary destination on the planet for the fifth consecutive year. 

Peruvian gastronomy is known to all and crosses borders for its richness and variety. 

But also Peru offers visitors fresh air in the Andes, the incomparable Machu Picchu or the jungles of the Amazon, among many other gems. Almost nothing.

19. Mongolia

Kilometers and kilometers of steppe and the nomadic life that many of its inhabitants still continue to make Mongolia a very different territory. 

The best time to get to know it is during the boreal summer (from June to September), since in winter it can reach 40 degrees below zero in some northern areas. 

Ulaanbaatar, its capital, is the coldest in the world during the winter months.

18. Iran

The eighteenth of the largest countries in the world, with 1,648,195 square kilometers and a population of almost 80 million people of various ethnicities: Kurds, Turks, Arabs, Persians, or Balochis, is home to the oldest civilizations. 

Increasingly open to travelers, there are still handicaps such as no credit or debit card working, all payments having to be made in cash.

17. Libya

Although it is still a small sector, tourism is gradually growing in this sovereign country in North Africa. 

With nearly 13,000 hotel rooms, which are expected to increase to 50,000 in the coming years, it is known for its landscapes of the Sahara desert and its Greek and Roman ruins. 

There are five World Heritage Sites, three of which are classical ruins.

16. Sudan

While hoping to attract five million visitors in 2019, Sudan is the third largest state in Africa. 

More than 200 pyramids give an idea of ​​its hitherto almost unknown heritage, where three places included in the Unesco World Heritage stand out: the archaeological sites of the island of Meroe, Gebel Barkal and the Napata region or the Sanganeb National Marine Parks and from Dungonab Ba .

15. Indonesia

Nearly 17,000 islands make Indonesia the second most colossal coastline on the globe, ranking it 15th in the ranking of the world's largest countries. 

With 300 ethnic groups and 250 languages, it can also boast unrivaled cultural diversity. Its tropical climate throughout the year has made it one of the most popular destinations from January to December.

14. Mexico

In addition to being one of the most touristic, with more than 32 million visitors in 2015, Mexico is another of the largest countries in the world. 

Nature, archaeological zones, sports and adventure, sun and sand, heritage cities, magical towns and a gastronomy known to all are part of its charm.

Thousands of kilometers and many possibilities await you in a state that is renewed day by day.

13. Saudi Arabia

Little interested in attracting visitors, Saudi Arabia occupies an area of ​​2,149,690 square kilometers, with 2,640 of coastline. 

Packed with tourist potentials: large metropolises such as Riyadh or Jeddah, pristine beaches, historical relics, and excellent diving spots, it remains far from the favorites of most Westerners for their vacations.

12. Greenland

Northern lights, observations of cetaceans, fjords, glaciers... Ice is the protagonist in one of the largest countries in the world. 

Located in the northeastern zone of North America , between the Atlantic Ocean and the Arctic Glacial Ocean, this island is the largest, if not counting Australia, and only two municipalities are connected by paved roads, being snowmobiles or dog sleds the usual means of transport.

11. Democratic Republic of the Congo

Kinshasa, on the left bank of the Congo River, is the nation's main economic and administrative center. 

With a population of more than nine million inhabitants, it is a city full of contrasts: precarious houses in front of elegant residential neighborhoods, gigantic shopping centers or farms within the city itself.

10. Algeria

Vast steppes, deserts and palm-filled oases are just three of the characteristics of Algeria, tenth of the largest countries in the world. 

The northern coastal areas are a paradise for fans of lying on the sand, while its capital, Algiers, is the best expression to discover the local way of life, with typical buildings of the French colonial heritage.

9. Kazakhstan

Situated between the Caspian Sea and the Altai Mountains, eastern Kazakhstan is characterized by peoples and cultures settled there over the centuries. 

Its capital, Astana, waits with its futuristic buildings to be discovered by travelers, while the Karkaraly or Burabay national parks invite you to relax among unspoilt nature in one of the largest countries in the world, independent from the Soviet Union since 1991.

8. Argentina

If you like natural parks, in Argentina you can find two of the most famous on the planet: that of Talampaya, with unique sandstone formations and huge canyons, and that of Los Glaciares, which as its own name indicates gives unsurpassed glaciers in sight. 

For their part, animal lovers will hallucinate with the colony of lions and sea elephants of the Valdés Peninsula.

7. India

5,000 years of culture are not found every day and India has known how to sell it like few others. 

Beautiful coastline, natural landscapes, splendid temples or the colorful Holi festival await tourists from half the planet to contemplate the Taj Mahal, savor delicious Indian cuisine or relax with a spa treatment, while enjoying an unforgettable vacation.

6. Australia

Unusual animals, sports, gastronomy, wines and adventure are insured throughout the sixth of the largest countries in the world. 

The lively Melbourne or Sydney await visitors in Australia, but also reserves where you can see koalas, kangaroos and unique birds up close. 

And beach and surf lovers will not find a better place to relax or ride a few waves.

5. Brazil

The largest nation in South America promises sun all year round and inspires thousands of tourists to visit it during its famous Carnival. 

An excursion through the Amazon ensures the vision of exotic flora and fauna, majestic waterfalls, idyllic coasts and pampas rich in water. 

And what about Brazilian hospitality: chatting and dancing until dawn is mandatory in any travel manual.

4. China

Full of exotic and mystical places, the one that for many would be at the head of the largest countries in the world occupies only the fourth place. 

Numerous temples, pagodas and palaces throughout its territory give an idea of ​​the history, culture and religious tradition of China, where such busy cities with unique architecture, such as Shanghai or Hong Kong, shine with their own light .
3. United States

How would you like to travel by car to one of the largest countries in the world?

With a length of almost 4,000 kilometers, Route 66 crosses 8 states, from Chicago to Los Angeles, passing through different cities in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Californi. 

The land of opportunities has so much to offer that you will lack time and money to enjoy it in all its splendor.

2. Canada

'Endless freedom' is one of the promises of idyllic Canada. Whether you are looking for a survival adventure in the smallest desert on the planet, camping with the only sound of an endless waterfall, contemplating wild animals or, simply, strolling watching the waves of the sea, here you will find it. 

And if you prefer urban life, Montreal , Toronto or Vancouver will surprise you with its varied gastronomic and leisure offer.

1. Russia

The first of the largest countries in the world is also one of the most complex.

Beyond the architecture of important buildings in the great capitals, such as the Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow or the Catherine Palace in Saint Petersburg, the vast Russian territory stands out for its history and deep-rooted culture, along with fascinating natural landscapes unspoiled, snow-capped mountain steppes and endless forests.

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