Exploring the Ruins of Copán

The ruins of Copán are located in a six-hectare archaeological park at the edge of the Río Copán. Check out a printable map of the site and learn more about these famous ruins.

Visiting the Island of Utila

Snorkeling with whale sharks is a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience—and the reason many choose Utila over any other Caribbean island. Plan a trip to this popular budget destination with this helpful guide.

The Best Beaches in Honduras

Sun worshipers will have no problem finding palm-lined beaches large and small on which to lay their towel or sling their hammock. Here are a few tips to help you find the best beach in Honduras for you.

Dive Shops in Utila

Competition between shops is fierce in Utila, where inexpensive Open Water certification is a big business. Here’s a round-up of recommended dive shops, all of which are PADI-certified and have similar prices for services.

New Year’s Eve in Ecuador: Embracing Local Culture

Instead of singing “Auld Lang Syne” when midnight strikes in Ecuador, residents set dummies on fire. Read on to learn more about the country’s biggest tradition on New Year’s Eve as Amy E. Robertson shares her experience of the holiday in Quito.

Coming Full-Circle: How Volunteer Vacations Impacted My Life

Good volunteer vacations give travelers the opportunity to insert themselves into the local reality and meet locals on their own terms. Moon author Amy E. Robertson shares her own personal experiences with volunteer vacations, from building homes in Honduras to monitoring political elections in Ecuador to volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in the United States.

Types of Volunteer Opportunities

Embarking on a volunteer vacation gives you the opportunity to help those in need as well as explore new terrain. Author Amy E. Robertson outlines ideas for projects ranging from community development to wildlife protection. Learn more about the many options for your international volunteer experience.