Sights and Recreation in the Nayarit Coast’s San Blas

San Blas is a small town with a lot to offer, including beaches, wildlife viewing, waterfall hikes, and river tours. Justin Henderson shares the best places to see dozens of Mexico’s endangered species, as well as other fun sights and options for recreation.

Salt Lake City Day Hike: Lost Prospector

This Park City backyard trail is an autumn classic. Traversing right above town, the trail is popular with beginner mountain bikers, and it makes a nice outing for hikers of all types. Mike Matson shares the scoop on where to go, what you’ll see, and more.

The Life and Landscape of Zion National Park

An abundance of wildlife and plants can be found in Zion’s canyons. Learn more about this popular park, from the best time to see the blooming Zion shooting star to how its dramatic sandstone cliffs and “hanging valleys” were formed.

Panama’s Parque Nacional Soberanía

Panama’s Parque Nacional Soberanía is a true tropical forest, and it’s one of the most accessible in the world. Learn more about the park’s wildlife and hiking opportunities.

Wildlife Watching in Glacier: Tips and Hot Spots

With 60 mammal species and more than 260 species of birds, wildlife watchers keep busy in Glacier. Here are the best spots to see everything from grizzly bears to mountain goats, as well as advice to make sure you get the best views and photographs while always staying safe.

Ecuador’s El Cajas National Park

Only an hour from Cuenca by bus, El Cajas National Park is easily visited on a day trip. With dramatic open rolling land and jagged rocks, Cajas feels almost like the Scottish Highlands.

Laguna de Apoyo in Masaya, Nicaragua

Nicaragua’s cleanest and most enticing swimming hole is Laguna de Apoyo, just outside of Masaya. Actually a lake that formed in the drowned volcanic crater of the long extinct Apoyo Volcano, the lagoon floor reaches 200 meters in depth—the lowest point in all of Central America. Considering how easy it is to reach the lagoon, it is surprisingly untouristed.

Guatemala’s Punta de Manabique Wildlife Refuge

Now is a great time to explore this area, as it’s clear tourism is still in its infancy. Activities include visits to the mangrove-lined canals of Bahía La Graciosa, Laguna Santa Isabel, and adjacent Canal Inglés for bird-watching and manatee-spotting.

Ilha Grande and Ilha Gipóia in Brazil’s Angra Bay

The largest of the many beautiful islands in the Bay of Angra, Ilha Grande boasts more than 100 pristine white-sand beaches. The second largest island, Ilha Gipóia is also the most visited, blessed with its own beaches, the surrounding waters are ideal for snorkeling and diving.