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.

Arenal Volcano stands tall in the Northern Zone of Costa Rica. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Where to Go in Costa Rica

To relax, unwind, and adventure, Costa Rica truly offers something for everyone. From the thriving nightlife of San José, to the crisp, cool cloud forests of Monteverde to the white-sand beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula, here’s where to go in Costa Rica.

A charcoal kiln used for making coal from juniper and pine in Death Valley, California.

Wildrose Charcoal Kilns and Hiking Wildrose Peak

Once used to make charcoal for the mining efforts in the area, the Wildrose Charcoal Kilns now stand as works of hand-engineered beauty. While you’re here, consider taking a hike to Wildrose Peak and be rewarded with incredible panoramic views from the windswept summit.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A small river runs in the foreground while the near perfect triangle silhouette of Mount Arenal rises in the distance.

Visit Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal, Costa Rica

Inside Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal is Costa Rica’s most active volcano and a must-see on any tourist’s itinerary. Hiking here is incredible, but heed the warning signs—while your chances of seeing an eruption are slim, the volcano is totally unpredictable.