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.

A two-story building with whitewashed walls and tile roof rises above a charmingly manicured backyard garden.

Hotels and Hostels in Cusco for Every Budget

Cusco is awash with tourist accommodations ranging from bare-bones dorms to some of the best hotels in Peru. With options broken down by price range, this guide by Ben Westwood is perfect for planning your stay.

Underwater photo of two divers and a bus-sized whale shark with schools of fish.

The Five Best Sites to Snorkel or Dive in the Galápagos

The Galápagos may be the best destination worldwide for watching wildlife on land, but the marine marvels underwater are beyond belief. From snorkeling with playful sea lion pups and nonchalant sea turtles to diving with hammerheads and whale sharks, the Caribbean and Red Sea simply pale in comparison.

View overlooking the city at night where the Bayok Sky Hotel towers into the sky.

A Budding Travel Writer in Bangkok

When traveling independently for the first time, Ben Westwood visited Thailand, a country that encapsulates some of the best tourist experiences the world has to offer—as well as some of the worst. During this trip, he realized that travelers need advice from experts in order to navigate their way through unfamiliar countries, and he decided he wanted to be one of those experts someday.

Clouds cast dramatic shadows over a narrow peninsula with a tall triangular rock formation.

The Five Best Hikes in the Galápagos

Bring your walking shoes, because rocky trails in the Galápagos are not best tackled in sandals. There are trails along pristine beaches, through forests of cacti, and along unworldly blackened lava trails, offering close encounters with wildlife and sweeping views over the archipelago.