Cacti along the coastline of Shark Bay National Park on the island of Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

Off the Water: Forests and Parks in the Virgin Islands

Away from the water, the Virgin Islands are a fascinating and richly diverse landscape: rocky bluffs and wide plains; mountain peaks and dry seaside forests; salt ponds and rainforest. Pack a pair of walking shoes, a water bottle, and a sense of adventure to get up close to the natural world away from the ocean.

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.

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.

Fallen mangos on the ground

Mango Musings

As in many Brazilian cities, the streets of Salvador’s neighborhoods are lined with lofty, dark, shade-giving mangueiras (mango trees), some of them quite old. Most of the time, walking around, you don’t pay them much heed. However, come October, you suddenly notice that the once imperceptible green oblong fruits have taken on rich sunset hues.

Silhouette of a few trees left standing beside a barren wasteland.

An Altered Landscape

ike others who frequently travel across America, I’ve often been lucky enough to experience the same places more than once. Whenever I return to a specific town or region, it’s always comforting to find at least some of my beloved destinations still intact. After arriving in Chicago, for instance, I’m always eager to check out […]