The wealth of flora and fauna and opportunities to observe them are unparalleled in the Amazon. Riverboats ply the waters of this fascinating wilderness, home to pink river dolphins, clamorous howler monkeys and raucous toucans. Photograph your adventure, run the rapids or stalk elusive jaguars by night.
This tropical wilderness, home to more than 350 species of birds is a nature lovers' paradise. Explore pristine rainforest where scarlet macaws and toucans swoop and howler monkeys cavort. Horseback ride through dense jungle and along remote beaches where high breaks are perfect for surfing.
Hike the Inca Trail to the majestic Lost Cities of the Incas, hidden in dense Amazonian jungle, 7000 feet above sea level. This ancient road treks 25 miles from Cuzco through deep Andean gullies and is not for the faint-hearted. Climb up to overlook the ruins and the Urubamba Valley from Huayna Pichu Mountain.
Belize's largest island and an often overlooked Caribbean gem offers astounding diving and snorkeling. This English-speaking nation is home to one of the largest coral reef systems in the world. If you want to stay atop the waves, this Caribbean idyll provides fabulous fishing, sailing and kayaking.
The wealth of wonderful wildlife in the Galapagos defies the imagination. Get up close to fearless sea lions, majestic tortoises and amiable iguanas by hiking, snorkeling, kayaking and diving. Evolve to another level entirely by cycling by cinder cones, lava flows and tunnels or multi-hued beaches.
Set at the ankles of the Andes, the largest ski area in South America also offers thrilling boating, trekking, paragliding and climbing. Lakes abound and the brave at heart can take the plunge into icy Lake Nahuel Huapi which, even in summer, never rises above a chilling average of only 57°F.
The turbulent Futaleufu River thunders a wild course through the heart of Patagonia, its thrashing waters presenting exhilarating whitewater rafting. Hike or trek the backcountry to famed Los Glaciares, take a wildlife safari to penguin colonies or stock up on the essentials and go eco-camping.
Renowned as the gateway to the glaciers, tiny El Calafate is perched on the brink of Lago Argentino. Take a boat trip to experience ice cracking and glaciers "calving" Los Glaciares National Park. Trot round Lake Roca on horseback. Cast a fly for trout in the shadow of the glaciers in the Rico River.