Fire Ginger at Esquinas Rainforest Lodge in Piedras Blancas National Park, Costa Rica.

All About Piedras Blancas National Park, Costa Rica

Centered on the village of La Gamba, Piedras Blancas National Park was split from Parque Nacional Corcovado in 1999. The rainforest has no shortages of unique plants to admire, wildlife to watch, and plenty of other ways to spend your time. Here are suggestions for your visit, along with the best places to stay.

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.

An aerial view of the Hanoi cityscape in Vietnam.

Travel Tips for Getting to Vietnam

Start preparing for your trip to Vietnam with the most basic step: how to get there. Expert author Dana Filek-Gibson gives an overview of major airports, local airlines, and cross-border bus services, as well as tips on discount tickets and organized tours.

View of the coastal town of Puerto Williams nestled at the base of steep mountains.

Puerto Williams in Chilean Tierra del Fuego

Puerto Williams is the so-called “Capital of Antarctica” and gateway to the rugged Dientes de Navarino backcountry circuit, a five-day slog through soggy mountainous terrain. Here’s a little about the town, its sights, and how to get there.

Rio Aluminé flows past rocky hillsides covered with pine trees.

Visit Junín de los Andes in Northern Patagonia

Styling itself Neuquén’s “trout capital,” Junín also provides the best access to the central sector of Parque Nacional Lanín, which takes its name from the symmetrical cone along the Chilean border. Here are the sights to see and things to do–heavy on sports and recreation–and trip planning tips.

A crescent white sand beach dotted with palm trees.

Diving Belize’s Lighthouse Reef Atoll

The diving at Lighthouse Reef Atoll rivals that of any in the world. You’ll find the famous Blue Hole, Half Moon Caye, a historical natural monument and protected area with a lighthouse, bird sanctuary, shipwrecks, and incredible diving spots offshore, and plenty more.

Half Moon Caye. Photo © dronepicr, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Visiting Half Moon Caye National Monument, Belize

Dedicated as a monument in 1982, this crescent-shaped island was the first protected area in Belize. Half thriving but endangered littoral forest, half stunning palm-dotted beach, a red-footed booby sanctuary and popular dive spot, put this caye on your must-see list.

Waves roll in over a flat expanse of beach at dusk.

Seeing the Turtles at Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas

Costa Rican beaches don’t come more beautiful than Playa Grande, a seemingly endless curve of sand, varying from coral-white to gray, immediately north of Tamarindo. Exploring Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas is well worth it since leatherback turtles visit this beach all year round.