“Water is the driving force of all nature.” —Leonardo da Vinci
Exploring new places that inspire and reignite our love of nature has always been at the core of Wilderness Travel, and what inspires adventure more than being in the presence of a magnificent waterfall? Da Vinci had it right when he said water is the driving force of all nature. To witness these cascading falls signifies the eternal connection between us and the natural world, and these amazing cataracts are the highlights of many journeys we’ve designed. Check out five of our favorite waterfalls around the world.
Iguazu Falls, Brazil and Argentina
Iguazu is actually a connection of smaller waterfalls—around 275 to be precise—that flow together to cross the border of Argentina and Brazil. The falls were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 and are one of the New Seven Natural Wonders of the World. If you want to visit from the Argentina side (where two-thirds of the waterfall is located), we offer the perfect extension to our Patagonia adventures. Learn more here.
Nachi Falls, Japan
Cradled in the Kii Peninsula of Japan is stunning Nachi Falls, the highest waterfall in Japan and the dramatic backdrop for the Seigantoji Temple, one of the most beautiful temples along the famed Kumano Kodo pilgrimage path. It’s said that if you drink water from the waterfall, you will live a long life. Our Japan Private Journey brings you to this intriguing spot. We highly recommend visiting in the spring or fall, when the trees are blanketed in blossoms or autumn leaves. Learn more about our Japan Private Journey here.
La Fortuna waterfall, Costa Rica
This gem of a waterfall is set below the imposing Arenal Volcano. More than 200 feet high, La Fortuna plunges into a brilliant blue pool. During our Costa Rica Wildlife adventure, we hike to the base of this spectacular waterfall—where the adventurous can take a refreshing dip in the cool waters. Learn more about our Costa Rica Wildlife adventure here.
Along the southern coast of Iceland, halfway between Reykjavik and Hofn, is a string of roadside waterfalls you can easily visit. Of all the waterfalls we could have included—because, let’s face it, Iceland is full of them—we chose Skogarfoss. This rumbling cascade is fed by two glaciers, Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull, and creates a beautiful cloud of mist that drapes over mossy canyon walls. Another reason we chose Skorgarfoss is because of its legend of buried gold, which keeps us coming back again and again. We venture here on two of our Iceland journeys, Iceland Expedition and Iceland’s Northern Lights.
Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe
The huge Zambezi River stretches a mile wide when it creates thundering Victoria Falls. Its original name, Mosi-oa-Tunya, translates to “the smoke that thunders,” a fitting name because the enormous white mists rising from the falls are visible up to 12 miles away. It’s considered one of the most, if not the most, iconic waterfall in the world, and our journeys to this World Heritage Site get you up close to its magnificence with walks near the falls, an option to take a thrilling helicopter ride, and overnights in perfectly placed hotels on either side of the river. Learn more here.