Peaceful and cool Minca is a nice break from the beach. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Discover Minca, Colombia

If you’ve had your fill of beaches or the seductive Caribbean cities, maybe it’s time for an altitude adjustment. The blissful routine of life in Minca–mountain hikes, dips in invigorating swimming holes, and sunset ogling–may make you want to linger here.

A hiker crests a sand dune in Death Valley National Park.

Eureka Dunes in Death Valley National Park

Isolated, beautiful, and pristine, the Eureka Dunes rise from the Eureka Valley floor, a gleaming mountain of sand framed by the rugged dark mountains of the Last Chance Range. Learn about the dunes and how to best enjoy them, along with directions and desert tips.

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.

View of eroded badlands from Zabriskie Point, Death Valley.

Best Death Valley Hikes

While there are few maintained trails, old mining roads, narrow canyons, and natural features offer spectacular opportunities for hiking in Death Valley. Here’s where to go, how to get there, and the amazing views and landscapes you’ll experience.

Small waterfall in a dense tropical rainforest near Capurgana, Colombia.

Hiking in Capurganá and Sapzurro, Colombia

Hiking is plentiful in and around Capurganá and Sapzurro–many hikes are simple enough to take on your own, but for some you’ll want a guide. Here’s everything you need to know, from prepping for your hike to places to relax along the way.

Stretching over a mile, Waipi‘o Beach is the longest black-sand beach on the Big Island.

Getting to the Bottom of Waipi‘o Valley

Getting to the bottom of Waipi‘o Valley is a challenge. There are several modes of transportation, with the most unique being a mule-drawn wagon, but you can go by foot or horseback as well. There are several organized tours available, including one aboard a van for those who can’t make the journey otherwise.