Deserts are most unique landscapes on Earth. Arid ecosystems aren’t teeming with wildlife in the same way that jungles or coral reefs are, but these austere areas are captivating nonetheless. In fact, the world's driest regions are actually some of the best places to enjoy an eco-tourism adventure. From multi-day camel expeditions to 4x4 tours to raft trips through towering canyons, there are many nature-travel options in the desert.
Each desert has its own charms. The vast sands of the Sahara are compelling to some travelers, while others might enjoy a lush oasis in the Gobi or the unusual rock formations of inland Southern California. If you’re looking for something completely out of the ordinary, try one of these desert adventures. (Text: Josh Lew)