If you really want to know the awesomeness of our planet, it’s rich flora and fauna and the beauty associated with it, then you must visit these national parks, once, in your lifetime.
Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
In the middle of the dense Costa Rican rainforest, there’s a rumbling active volcano, surrounded by hot springs, fauna-filled forests, and plenty of hidden waterfalls. If you want to know what is it to be in Paradise, you should visit this place. You might spot deer, tapir, howler monkeys, white-faced monkeys and snakes, or birds like parrots, orioles and brown magpies. Plants include various species of palms and bromeliads (including the endemic specie Pitcaimia Funkiae), guayabo de monte, bait, ceiba, cirri, laurel, higuerones, fungi, orchids, and ferns.
Banff National Park, Canada
Take one hike through Alberta’s Banff National Park and you’ll understand why it’s the crown jewel of the Canadian Rockies: pristine mountain lakes, massive glaciers, towering peaks, moose, bear… it’s like finding the very best of North American wilderness all in one beautiful package.
Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park, Panama
If you thought national parks consist only of mountains and fjords, you must visit the Panama Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park. It is made of reefs, desert islands, and amazing beacheswith an authentic paradise of mangroves, sandy isles, and over 10,000 species of plants and animals.
Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park, China
If you want to experience the magic of colours, visit the Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park. Standing amid the five-colored lakes, clear blue sky, and vibrant evergreen forests is amazing on its own, but try to visit in the autumn to experience an extra explosion of color.
Grand Canyon National Park, USA
There is no second thought in saying that Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park is easily the most spectacular park in the U.S. Sitting on the rim of the canyon and contemplating the park’s vast expanse is a moving and life-changing experience.
Iguazu National Park, Argentina/Brazil
The Iguazu National Park on the Argentina/Brazil border is easily the most amazing waterfall park on Earth. Whether you prefer to cool off in the clouds of mist or enjoy the over 2000 species of plants, strolling the walkways around this roaring, watery wonderland is an experience you’ll never forget.
Los Roques Archipelago, Venezuela
If you want to visit a place that will make you feel surreal, Los Roques is definitely the place. This protected park is made up of over 300 uninhabited islands, all surrounded by crystal-blue water and coral reefs. It also has some of the best diving and snorkel spots in the world.
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
The Plitvice Lakes are spectacular with 16 emerald and turquoise coloured lakes are interconnected with dozens and dozens of scenic waterfalls varying from the turbulent to the trickling. However, you should constantly fight against your urge to dive in.
Komodo National Park, Indonesia
Indonesia’s Komodo National Park is the premier place to see world’s largest lizard: the Komodo dragon. Other than just admiring these mighty reptiles, the park also gives you access to world-class scuba diving, hidden beaches, and everything from savannah to cloud forests.
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Torres del Paine is a breathtaking expanse of wilderness in the Chilean Patagonia topped off by the iconic Cuernos del Paine peaks. While the hiking and views are beautiful in their own right, seeing the immense glaciers of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field extend towards the horizon is an experience that hasn’t its equal.