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.

Argentina’s Parque Nacional Iguazú

Everything you need to know about planning a trip to Argentina’s side of the awe-inspiring Iguazú falls, from an overview of the wildlife, to information about tours, accommodations, and other practicalities.

Gardens of Acadia

When immersed in the often jaw-dropping natural beauty of Acadia National Park, it may seem superfluous to seek out man-made gardens, but those on Maine’s Mount Desert Island gild this already stunning landscape. While garden mavens will treasure these sights, even those who don’t know a peony from a pansy will be tickled.

Mango Musings

As in many Brazilian cities, the streets of Salvador’s neighborhoods are lined with lofty, dark, shade-giving mangueiras (mango trees), some of them quite old. Most of the time, walking around, you don’t pay them much heed. However, come October, you suddenly notice that the once imperceptible green oblong fruits have taken on rich sunset hues.

Parque Nacional Quebrada del Condorito

The world’s most famous carrion carnivore, the majestic Andean condor, reaches its easternmost range in the Altas Cumbres (High Summits) of the Sierras de Córdoba, where it lends its name to the area’s only national park.