Glasswing butterfly, Monteverde Butterfly Garden. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Family Fun in Costa Rica

Combining educational options with fun keeps children (and parents) enthralled. From snakes and sloths and crocodiles to river safaris and air tram rides through the forest and above volcanoes, these ideas focus on outdoor adventure & learning while experiencing nature.

The jagged Cerro Tatamá (4,250 meters/13,945 feet) is the highest point in the Cordillera Occidental.

Visit Parque Municipal Natural Planes de San Rafael

Located in the remote, little visited Cordillera Occidental (Western Mountains), the Tatamá Massif contains one of the world’s few remaining pristine páramos (highland moors). Access to Tatamá is through the Parque Municipal Natural Planes de San Rafael, a cloud forest where the main activities are nature hikes conducted by friendly and knowledgeable guides.

A brick and concrete staircase zig-zags up a crevice in La Piedra Peñol in Colombia.

Climb Colombia’s La Piedra Peñol

La Piedra Peñol is a giant rock monolith that soars 200 meters into the sky from Colombia’s scenic and meandering Embalse Peñol-Guatape. Neighboring towns have bickered for decades over who gets to claim this sight as their own, and travelers who make the hard climb to the top are rewarded by incredible views.

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.

Coffee seedlings in Maricao, Puerto Rico.

Explore Puerto Rico’s Coffee Trail

The gourmet coffee trade has exploded in Puerto Rico, recalling the island’s heyday as a major exporter of the product during the 19th century. Today, historic coffee haciendas are reopening and new coffee farms are being established throughout the Cordillera Central. Here are some great ones to visit for their tours and museums, and festivals and events too.

Msuhrooms growing on a tree in Finch Hatton Gorge, Eungella National Park.

Visit Eungella National Park in Australia

Australia’s largest national park is famous for its platypus, the unique egg-laying mammal with its distinctive duck’s bill, which is notoriously shy and rarely spotted in the wild. A visit here virtually guarantees that you see one any time of year.

A tour guide answers questions for the women in his tour group.

Take a Walking Tour of Sydney

Taking a walking tour of Sydney is an excellent way to see the sights relevant to your interests and learn about the city and its history. Here are some recommended tours, both self-guided and with a group, that are among the most interesting, unique, and downright fun options offered.