Latin America is a true paradise for nature lovers. Everything, from glaciers to tropical rainforests, to deserts, to mountain forests, exists in this huge, fascinating region.
From Mexico to Chile, here’s a quick guide to Latin America for nature lovers and backpackers looking for an adventure. If it’s the feeling of wandering around natural sites what you crave when traveling, this is for you!
From the humongous Copper Canyon in the northern state of Chihuahua to the Caribbean paradises in the Yucatan Peninsula, natural wonders are everywhere to be found in Mexico.
Whether you’re trekking through — hiking the Nevado de Toluca or basking under a waterfall in the Huasteca Potosina, there’s plenty of magic to experience here.
Nature is the number one attraction in Costa Rica, a privileged little piece of land with both Caribbean and Pacific coastlines and, in between, vast jungles, volcanos, waterfalls, rivers and lakes.
Perhaps the best strategy for moving around Costa Rica is to make base in San José and rent a car for expeditions to natural parks such as Tortuguero and Monteverde.
Colombia has a little bit of everything: beaches, mountains, valleys, rivers, rainforests, deserts, so nature loving travelers can spend a long while exploring and still barely scratch the surface.
The mesmerizing landscape in Cocora Valley, the surreal looking Caño Cristales and the beautiful, desert views of La Guajira are enough reasons to ship yourself to Colombia and fall in love with nature all over again.
Places like the Cuicocha Lake, El Oriente’s Rainforest and Cotopaxi National Park will make you feel the magic of nature in the way you would as a child.
The Galapagos, the place where Charles Darwin made the observations that led to On the Origin of Species, remains a place of extraordinary biodiversity and it is open for exploration by curious nature lovers like yourself. Definitely take a chance and sail to this natural paradise when you find yourself in Ecuador.
Chile is special because, in spite of being a very narrow country, it stretches across a large area in the continent, which allows for an impressive diversity of climates and natural sites.
Surreal looking places like the Atacama Desert and Torres del Paine are the tip of the iceberg that is Chile’s natural heritage.
From the Amazon rainforest to the stunning beaches in the south, the most biodiverse country in the world has a lot to offer to nature lovers.
Discover breathtaking views at Sete Cidades Park, Iguaçu Falls, Lençois Maranhenses or Fernando de Noronha. Each one of this places represents a different side of Brazil’s natural beauty.
Tips for traveling to natural sites in Latin America
Do your research. Be a responsible nature lover and find out as much as you can about the places you visit, the specific safety and environmental concerns, the proper way to interact with them, etc.
Be safe. As it happens anywhere in the world, visiting vast, desolated sites calls for some precautions. Always carry copies of your documents a <nd identification with you, avoid venturing into the wilderness or camping on your own, hire local guides in places where you might get lost and let several people know when you spend a few days in a place without a cell phone signal.
Pack a comfort kit. Bring water, insect repellent, sun screen, lighter, and a few basic medicines to any expedition that takes place in an even remotely wild area.
Enjoy the natural wonders of Latin America and become wiser as these journeys teach you new things about our planet and the living beings that live in it.