Destination Guides

National Parks in North and South America

America is a continent so vast that it basically has everything: fabulous cities, mountain ranges, beaches and countless national parks to boot. Here are a few of my favourites.

Everglades – Best for adventure

Get up close and personal with real life alligators that live in the wetlands of the Everglades National Park. The best way to explore is by airboat which will take you into the heart of the Everglades. You might also spot some manatees and perhaps even the elusive Florida panther.

Everglades

Grand Canyon – Best for jaw-dropping views

It’s a park that has been photographed to death, but you can only truly appreciate its vastness and grandeur when you see if for yourself. Definitely one that should be featured on everyone’s bucket list.

 

Galapagos Islands – Best for wildlife

These islands off the coast of Ecuador are home to a wealth of animal and plant species that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Cruising between the different islands of this Pacific archipelago, you’ll be able to spot fur seals, pelicans, penguins, red-footed boobies and more.

Galapagos

Monteverde – Best for canopy tours

Although technically this is not a national park, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is worth a visit nonetheless. Thanks to its cool and damp climate, the vegetation is extremely lush here. With 400 species of birds and 500 types of butterflies and more than 100 mammals the fauna is quite impressive as well. The reserve is decked out with elevated walkways which offer unusual views of the park.

Monteverde

Torres del Paine – Best for glaciers

Located in Argentina, this national park offers stunning views of waterfalls, lakes and towering mountains. Declared a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1978, this park is one of the most scenic in South America that simply must feature on anyone’s trip to Argentina.

Torres del paine
Photo by Frank Kehren under creative common licence

Find out more about how you could explore these natural wonders here.

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