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World’s Best Waterfalls

From a thin trickle of water down a rock wall to thundering, foaming torrents, waterfalls are as diverse as the landscapes in which they are found. They ebb and flow with rainfall and snowmelt, dive into crystal clear pools, and carve out rocks over millennia. Each one has its own personality. Which one(s) will you get to next?

The La Fortuna Waterfall in Costa Rica’s Arenal National Park seems to shoot right out of the jungle. Get a birds-eye view as you zipline above it on our new Nature’s Wonders tour.




This list wouldn’t be complete without Victoria Falls, a Natural Wonder of the World! It’s an easy extension to any of our southern Africa safaris—you can even choose a helicopter ride over the falls for a thrilling view!


While Iceland is often referred to the land of fire and ice, it could well be named Waterfall Island. Each one is stunning in its own right, and we couldn’t decide! See them in different seasons on our summer hiking trip or winter Northern Lights tour.



While Iceland’s waterfalls are notable for their volume and size, the hundreds of waterfalls spewing from Norway’s fjord slopes tumble from stunning heights everywhere you look. See them for yourself on our Western Fjords Adventure.


What the 150-foot Rainbow Falls lacks in name recognition, it makes up for with its hidden location nestled in dense forest and impressive free-fall into the box canyon below. It’s a worthwhile reward for on of the hikes on our new Adirondacks Mountain Escape.


We also had to include Iguazu Falls, the largest waterfall system in the world with 275 different cascades! Add a 3-day Iguazu extension on to your Patagonia Hiking trip.


What I love most about waterfalls is the natural raw power that they possess. I’m humbled in their presence, having been reminded of the scale of the world and my small place in it. I hope you have the opportunity to feel the mist on your face of any or all of these gorgeous places!


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