Nature

Dolphin-Safe

THERE'S NO DENYING the appeal of swim-with-dolphins programs: What kid doesn't want face time with Flipper? But growing awareness of hazards to the captive dolphins used in these programs—...

Stalker

One evening last December, on a snowy ridge in the Absaroka Mountains outside Livingston, Montana, I cut some cougar tracks. They seemed to materialize out of nowhere, rising up a steep hillside...

Latitude Adjustment

5. PURE WILDERNESS ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE There's no time like the present to raft through the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Fly from Arctic Village to the headwaters of...

The North Stars

BEST REMOTE BEAR VIEWING [Katmai National Park and Preserve] Getting to Katmai National Park and Preserve, located on the Alaska Peninsula west of Kodiak Island, can be a schlep:...

The North Stars

BEST PLACE TO GET OVERWHELMED BY BALD EAGLES [Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve] The swirling confluence of three rivers—the Tsirku, Chilkat, and Klehini—near Haines causes...

Posada Amazonas

AT THE EDGE OF AN OLD-GROWTH forest the size of Connecticut, Posada Amazonas is run and staffed mainly by members of the native Ese'eja community. Ese'eja means "true people," and these

Close Encounters

EXPLORING REEF AND RAINFOREST [BELIZE] Mingle with everything from crocs and tapirs to jabiru storks and hawksbill turtles on this eight-day whirl through Belize. After three days on the...

Tassia Lodge

IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, indigenous small-scale tourism has been providing an alternative to the traditional luxury safaris run by old colonialists and staffed by underpaid tribespeople. Set on a...

Asa Wright Nature Centre and Lodge

THE 24-MILE FROM Trinidad's capital, Port of Spain, up to Asa Wright Nature Centre is not a trip you want to make after dark. The road twists vertiginously around sharp drop-offs, and nighttime...

Off the Gringo Trail

ONCE THOUGHT TO BE a black-sand gulag, the Pacific coast is now shaping up as Latin America's last surfing frontier. El Paredón Surf Camp, which opened just over a year ago, is tucked...

Off the Gringo Trail

JUST 45 MILES EAST of El Paredón, rivers tumble from the highlands and back up against the beaches, forming a tropical bathtub—perfect mangrove terrain. The 6,900-acre Monterrico...

Surfing In Guatemala

ONCE THOUGHT TO BE a black-sand gulag, the Pacific coast is now shaping up as Latin America's last surfing frontier. El Paredón Surf Camp, which opened just over a year ago, is tucked...

Stalk the Monkey

IT MAY SEEM LIKE THE ONLY animals left in the jungle that haven't been pricked, prodded, and named are fungus-munching snails and obscure forms of head lice. Not so. Over the past six years,...

The Lazy, Crazy Guide to Sand Land

PICO DUARTE, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Hike from steamy jungle to cool forest on this strenuous 29-mile trek to the top of the Caribbean's highest peak, Pico Duarte (10,128 feet). Traverse Parque...

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