It is comforting to know that even though our world is developing at an unprecedented rate, there are still some final vestiges of natural beauty. National parks are essential for preserving and protecting what little nature we have left.
National parks come in all shapes and sizes, from the rugged, barren landscapes found in Patagonia to the lush jungles, filled with elephants, scattered across Sri Lanka. But, the one thing they all have in common is their ability to transport you away from the modern world to a place where the only thing that matters is the cries of the bird that soar overhead.
If you want to get away from the stresses and pressures of the grind then seek refuge in one of these beautiful national parks.
- Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
Situated at the very southern tip of Argentina, deep in the heart of Patagonia, is Los Glaciares National Park. This incredible park is home to some of the most staggering glaciers on the planet, including the world famous Perito Moreno Glacier and Upsala Glacier. Visitors can spend their time exploring the trails that wind through the park, taking in the stunning landscape of mountains and forests. Those who fancy something more adventurous can take an ice-trekking tour across the top of one of the glaciers.
- Etosha National Park, Namibia
Africa is home to the most diverse national parks on the planet, but none can compete with the legendary Etosha. The ever-changing landscapes of the Etosha National Park are just one of the many factors that make visitors flock here in their masses. The park is also filled with giraffes, elephants, leopards and more – all of which can be spotted at the watering holes, which pepper the scenery. Make sure you have a good guide with you who knows where and when you can find the park’s wildlife.
- Jim Corbett National Park, India
The oldest national park in India, this park is named after Jim Corbett, a British conservationist who helped establish the park. The main feature of the Jim Corbett National Park is its population of Bengal Tigers. It was with the conservation of these majestic creatures in mind that the park was designed. Visitors are only allowed in certain sections of the park, for conservation reasons, but this is more than enough for individuals to fully admire the magnificence of the park and its nature.
- Pribaikalsky National Park, Russia
Despite being the largest country in the world, not much is known about Russia. Its mysterious hinterlands, which include the desolate plains of Siberia, have intrigued explorers for years. Now, the world is getting smaller and these secluded locations are becoming increasingly accessible. The Pribaikalsky National Park is located in southeastern Siberia right on the edge of the phenomenal Lake Baikal. The air here is as pure as can be and the nature is virtually untouched. If you are looking to get away from the madness of the cities, there is no place better on earth.