A red tree frog climbing in the Amazon rain forest.

The Rainforests of Colombia

Rainforests are among the most complex ecosystems on Earth. Learn about the flora and fauna of the rainforests of Colombia, focusing on those that make their home in the Amazon and the Chocó.

Two people floating in inner tubes with the dark entrance of a cave behind them.

Finding Adventure in Belize

Get your heart racing by exploring the largest cave system in Central America, more than 11 national parks, and numerous forest and marine reserves and wildlife sanctuaries. Author Lily Girma shares the exciting kinds of adventure that await you in Belize.

A two-level river boat with a smaller boat alongside floats on glassy river water at the verdant shore.

From Manaus into the Amazon Rain Forest

From Manaus, you can get a taste of the rain forest with day trips, but a longer tour or excursion is better if you want to get away from civilization, experience “virgin” forest, and see some wildlife.

A fountain with sculpted figures lit up at night.

Tour Operators in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has a slew of tour operators offering a variety of adventures that span the spectrum from guided city walks to deep-sea dives to mountain-climbing hikes. All tour companies require reservations.

Two boats float offshore as gentle waves lap on the shore of a wide sandy beach with dense tropical foliage just beyond.

Ilha Grande and Ilha Gipóia in Brazil’s Angra Bay

The largest of the many beautiful islands in the Bay of Angra, Ilha Grande boasts more than 100 pristine white-sand beaches. The second largest island, Ilha Gipóia is also the most visited, blessed with its own beaches, the surrounding waters are ideal for snorkeling and diving.

View down a street in Santarém lined with businesses, one of which has Casa Feliz painted along the front.

Visit the River Port Town of Santarém in Pará, Brazil

The second largest city in Pará, Santarém is a drowsy yet interesting river port town. Aside from offering a firsthand glimpse into Amazonian culture, the surrounding region boasts natural treasures of great beauty that can easily transform any “stopover” into a week’s stay.

View from a boat of a wide calm river and a lush grassy bank lined with trees.

Jungle Lodges in the Amazon

One of the best ways to get to a sense of the rain forest is to actually stay in its midst. Whether across the river from Manaus or hundreds of kilometers away, there are plenty of unforgettable eco-options to choose from.

A trio of small black swallows with white-marked breasts perch on a stump with the river behind them.

Yasuní National Park in the Oriente

Yasuní National Park is one of Ecuador’s last great wildernesses and the country’s largest mainland national park. Untouched by the last ice age, this park is one of the world’s most biodiverse areas, home to 500 species of birds and more than 60 percent of Ecuador’s mammals.