The picturesque Valle de Cocora and its famous wax palms. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Exploring Valle de Cocora, Colombia

Expert author Andrew Dier presents the best ways to experience Colombia’s Valle de Cocora for everybody from casual afternoon travelers to day-hike enthusiasts.

The colorful town of Jardín in southern Antioquia. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Things to See and Do in Jardín, Colombia

While the main selling points of Jardín are its good looks, nearby tropical forests and cloud forests–home to natural attractions such as the Caverna El Esplendor and the ProAves bird-watching reserve–provide good excuses for lacing up those hiking boots.

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.

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.

Moss grows on a bulging knot along the trunk of a larch tree.

Visit Chile’s Parque Pumalín

Parque Pumalín is a 317,000-hectare private nature reserve straddling the highway north of Chaitén. Find out more about the park including flora, geography, sights, and recreational opportunities.

Snorkeling in clear shallow water in Bermuda's Blue Hole Park.

Bermuda’s Blue Hole Park and Walsingham Nature Reserve

In Hamilton Parish, this property incorporates coast and forested land from Blue Hole Park to Tom Moore’s Jungle (as Walsingham Nature Reserve is commonly called). Learn about Tom Moore’s local legend and his calabash tree, the honeycomb of forest caves, and the amazing swimming grottoes and underwater caves.

A pandanus palm at the Arboretum. Photo © Malcolm Manners, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

On the Wild Side: Bermuda’s Nature Reserves

Bermuda may seem like a manicured garden, but many parishes maintain national parks and nature reserves perfect for travelers interested in seeing Bermuda’s wilder side. Often these parks and reserves are excellent hiking and bird-watching spots as well.

View from atop a golden grassy hill of a sandy peninsula.

Exploring the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area

Today, in addition to its biological importance, the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area is a mecca for some 6,000 hikers annually and for anglers who target the salmon and steelhead runs on the Salmon River. Learn more about exploring Cascade Head along Oregon’s north coast.