Trek through the jungle in Central or South America
Meandering through Monteverde’s Cloud Forest is the very epitome of Costa Rican relaxation. Visitors can zip line, walk amongst the forest canopies via suspension bridge, and mingle with thousands of species of exotic birds, insects, orchids and other wildlife. Though the Cloud Forest itself is considered “touristy,” the nearby Santa Elena Reserve contains eight miles of trails (of varying difficulty) with a fraction of the crowds.
For serious jungle hikers seeking more of a challenge, the trail to Colombia’s Ciudad Perdida (“Lost City”) is as stunning as it is storied. The trek’s main attraction, an ancient settlement of dilapidated ruins, was unknown to the Western world until the 1970s. It’s not possible to visit the ruins without the aid of a guided tour; it’s also worth noting that the entrance to the city is only accessible via 1,200 stone steps through dense jungle. This hike isn’t for the faint-willed.