A sailfish on Guatemala's Pacific Coast. Photo © Al Argueta.

Outdoor Sports in Guatemala

Whether you’re an enthusiastic hiker or cyclist, an avid rock-climber or sport-fisher, Guatemala’s great outdoors has a treat in store for you. While some activities, such as rock climbing, are relatively new and others, like sailfishing, are long established, Guatemala is definitely suited to their pursuit.

A scenic highway leads south from Petén into Alta Verapaz. Photo © Al Argueta.

Las Verapaces: Guatemala’s Green Heartland

Las Verapaces remains green and lush throughout most of the year. From exploring beautiful cloud forests to remote hikes to discovering a lagoon in the middle of the rainforest, outdoor enthusiasts will find no shortage of vibrant, unique landscapes to experience. Here’s a sampling of the best.

A bird's-eye view of Puerto Nariño. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Things to Do and See in Puerto Nariño, Colombia

In idyllic Puerto Nariño, there are no roads and no motorized vehicles whatsoever; this town was named the first tourism sustainable town in Colombia. As you stroll palm-lined sidewalks to see the sights, you’ll find Puerto Nariño so peaceful you’ll probably want to linger a while.

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.

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.

Sailboats in the waters off Hamilton Island, Australia.

Recreation on Australia’s Hamilton Island

Recreation on Hamilton Island is weighted heavily toward sailing and boating, since the area is so great for it, but you’ll also find a plethora of other activities from the usual vacation pursuits such as walking tours or a round of golf, and some not-so-usual pursuits such as art classes, and Go-Kart racing.

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.

A crescent white sand beach dotted with palm trees.

Diving Belize’s Lighthouse Reef Atoll

The diving at Lighthouse Reef Atoll rivals that of any in the world. You’ll find the famous Blue Hole, Half Moon Caye, a historical natural monument and protected area with a lighthouse, bird sanctuary, shipwrecks, and incredible diving spots offshore, and plenty more.