From the breathtaking Iguassu Falls to the towering peaks of Torres del Paine, all the way across the Atlantic to the beautiful Moroccan desert hugging the Atlas Mountains, pick your adventure in these amazing national parks.
Welcome to the exotic side of nature- the Galapagos Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the inspiration for Charles Darwin. Comprised of 13 main and 6 smaller islands spread out across nearly 20,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean, the Galapagos Islands are home to hundreds of endemic and unique flora and fauna. For those looking to explore via the water, this archipelago is the perfect destination.
Sharing the border with Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, Iguassu National Park is an impressive combination of both magnificent waterfalls and a stunning rainforest. Nestled among the rainforest are the falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and by far the main attraction at the national park. Consisting of various waterfalls, inlets and islands ranging from 197 to 296 feet high, Iguassu Falls is quite unlike any other waterfall in the world.
Discover the High Atlas Mountains of the Toubkal National Park in Morocco. Home to the highest mountain in North Africa, Jebel Toubkal, the High Atlas Mountains rise from the sea level desert to a staggering 13, 600 feet with snow peaked mountain tops forming the uppermost horizon. Only 40 miles from the bustling city of Marrakesh, The Toubkal National Park is a great quick escape from the city and offers a range of exciting activities including trekking and downhill mountain biking.
The first thing to note when arriving at Torres del Paine National Park are the iconic looming granite towers that lend this park its name. Designated in 1959, this national park has shaken off its history of over-exploitation of its pastures and wildlife and is now a well-lauded conservation project. Although many visitors come for the towers, there is much more to see including austere blue lakes, expansive pastures, roaring rivers, emerald forests and endemic wildlife.
Located within the Arenal Tilaran Conservation Area, Arenal Volcano National Park is a stunning national park and home to the most active volcano in the country. With lagoons, volcanoes and waterfalls- including the well-known waterfall, La Fortuna- dotting the park, your options for outdoor adventure are nearly endless. Choose from a variety of activities including trekking, mountain biking, horseback riding and even zip lining- all of which include a private guide.
Just outside of the picturesque town of Ushuaia, you will find the scenic Tierra de Fuego National Park located at the very end of the South American continent. This beautiful park, recently featured in scenes of “The Revenant”, is a masterful combination of changing and dramatic scenery from glaciers to waterfalls to jade forests. Given its unique location, the park remains relatively tranquil and serene. Go on a hike through the forests or paddle a canoe across Lake Roca to Ovando River where you will come upon Laguna Verde, one of the most breathtaking and panoramic areas of the national park.
Settled in the Colombian Coffee Region, Los Nevados National Natural Park was formed by centuries of volcanic and glacial activity. With eight active volcanoes and a variety of glacial lakes, the park is abundant with spectacular views. In order to experience the full beauty of the park, visitors are recommended to strap on some hiking boots and go on a full day excursion with stunning vistas.
Designated in 1944 to protect the endemic Belizean pine forests, the Mountain Ridge Pine Forest Reserve is a vast expanse of protected land that is populated with gorgeous rivers, waterfalls and lakes as well as a variety of endemic wildlife. Enjoy a variety of water and land based activities including canoeing an underground river to a cave with a personal guide.
Ancient worlds and nature combine in Göreme National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where hidden among the rock formations you will find underground towns, troglodyte villages and even Byzantine art- some of which date back to the 4th century. Explore the unusual conical rock formations like the fairy chimneys and rock pillars all of which were entirely formed from erosion. With a private guide, learn about the different people who inhabited this area and the unique cultural marks they left behind.
Established in 1975 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Scandola Nature Reserve is one of the many gems of Corsica. Located off the coast near Calvi this beautiful site is only accessible by boat. However, it is more than worth the trip. Take in the wonderful views as your private boat takes you through the many inlets and secluded coves that dot the reserve. As the boat winds through the bays, you’ll see colorful rocks jetting through the blue water and unique flora and fauna- including seal, dolphin and osprey colonies- thriving due to its protected status.