Because of its strategic location, the Dúrika Biological Reserve serves as a refuge to many endangered species, such as the Harpy Eagle. Photo © Brian Gratwicke, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Buenos Aires and the Durika Biological Reserve

The gateway to the northern section of Parque Internacional La Amistad is Buenos Aires, a small agricultural town in the midst of an endless green ocean of piñas. Here you’ll find the Reserva Biológica Durika, a self-sufficient agricultural community operating an authentic ecotourism project that welcomes visitors.

Guatemala's impressive Maya Biosphere Reserve. Photo © Al Argueta.

Guatemala’s Biosphere Reserves

Guatemala has more than 90 protected areas encompassing about 28 percent of the country’s total land area. Among the different types of protected areas are biosphere reserves, national parks, biotopes, natural monuments, wildlife refuges, and private nature reserves. Several of these are encompassed within larger areas, as is the case with the national parks and biotopes making up the larger Maya Biosphere Reserve.

Lionfish hovering over coral. Photo © Lebawit Lily Girma.

Belize’s War Against Lionfish

The Caribbean region’s coral reef has been battling an invasive, voracious, and predatory fish—destructive enough that it can devastate an entire reef system: the red lionfish (Pterois volitans). Belize is no exception. Countrywide, the war against the spread of lionfish is ongoing; here’s how Belize is fighting back.

The Berylline hummingbird is one of several species in Guatemala. Photo © Al Argueta.

The Best Bird-watching in Guatemala

Guatemala’s wide diversity of ecosystems makes it a birding hot spot—more than 700 species of birds can be found here. Avid bird-watchers consider this paradise, though novices can easily center an entire Guatemala vacation around birding. From cloud forests to wetlands, rare sightings and common delights, here’s where to go for the best bird-watching in Guatemala.

Judy Arroyo with rescued sloths at the Sloth Sanctuary. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Costa Rica Nature Reserves: Puerto Limón to Cahuita

Nature reserves south of Puerto Limón in Colombia tend to be remote and undeveloped, making them perfect for adventure travel. The one exception is the world’s only sloth sanctuary, an education and research center based around rehabilitating rescued sloths that amounts to a highly-fulfilling experience for visitors.

A room in the Hotel Grano de Oro, San José, Costa Rica.

What to Expect from Accommodations in Costa Rica

To get the most out of your trip to Costa Rica, adjusting your expectations for your accommodations before departing is key. In this article, expert author Christopher P. Baker gives a rundown of what to expect from budget to high-end room rentals, dealing with staff, the importance of reservations, and tips on getting the best rates.

A bird's-eye view of Puerto Nariño. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Things to Do and See in Puerto Nariño, Colombia

In idyllic Puerto Nariño, there are no roads and no motorized vehicles whatsoever; this town was named the first tourism sustainable town in Colombia. As you stroll palm-lined sidewalks to see the sights, you’ll find Puerto Nariño so peaceful you’ll probably want to linger a while.

Double-striped thick knee bird. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Plan a Visit to Hacienda La Aurora, Colombia

Hacienda La Aurora is in many ways a typical extensive cattle-ranching farm of the Llanos. In many others, it isn’t at all. Here’s what you need to know to plan a visit, including when to go, where to stay, what to do, and the amazing wildlife you’ll see.

View from the lookout tower at the Reserva Natural Palmari. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Nature Reserves on the Río Yavarí

The Río Yavarí is in an unspoiled, isolated part of the Amazon basin and is home to two excellent private natural reserves where you will be immersed in the jungle through all manner of activities. Spend at least three days or up to a week at one of the Yavarí nature reserves (they are both excellent) to gain a real appreciation for jungle life.