The incan Pisac Ruins in Peru.

Visiting the Pisac Ruins of the Sacred Valley

Pisac is one of Cusco’s few great Inca ruins that features all types of architecture—agricultural, hydraulic, military, residential, and religious. Area expert Ben Westwood shares an overview of these unique ruins.

The ruins of Ollantaytambo in Cusco, Peru.

Tips for Buying Cusco’s Tourist Ticket

Must-see ruins such as Pisac and Ollantaytambo require this ticket. At first glance, it seems overpriced, but when you consider the total number of sites it covers, it’s worth it. Learn about which sites are included, when to buy your ticket, and more.

a panoramic view of Mach Picchu in Peru.

The Best of Machu Picchu in Eight Days

This eight-day itinerary starts off in the lush surroundings of the Sacred Valley, moves through cloud forests and the magnificent stonework of Machu Picchu, and finishes in Cusco, the Spanish Renaissance city built atop Inca foundations. Check it out!

Underwater photo looking towards the surface through a school of small fish.

Diving in the Galápagos Islands

While perhaps not for beginners, the Galápagos Islands rank among the world’s best dive destinations. Read on to learn what to expect and the best seasons for diving in these dramatic waters.

Three small lobsters split and roasted on a plate with avocado and small plantain chips.

Regional Cuisine on the Galápagos Islands

Ecuador isn’t known for gourmet cookery, but the best food in the country is found on the coast, and many of these specialties are available on the Galápagos. Author Ben Westwood gives you an overview of the regional foods and drinks available on the islands so you can eat like a local.