Getting around the Galápagos Islands

Getting around the Galápagos is easier than it used to be. You don’t need to worry if you’ve booked a tour already, but for other travelers, here’s how to get around by air, by boat, by bus, and on foot.

Recreation and Adventure Sports in the Urubamba Valley

The Urubamba Valley is a fast-growing center of adventure sports, including horseback riding, mountain biking, rafting, trekking, and paragliding. Ben Westwood points travelers towards outfitters and agencies to help plan an outdoor excursion.

Accommodations in the Sacred Valley: Pisac

Whether you’re searching for budget lodgings or wi-fi ready bungalows, these suggestions from expert author Ben Westwood will help you plan your trip to the Sacred Valley and beautiful Machu Picchu.

Getting to and around Machu Picchu

Trekking to Machu Picchu isn’t for everyone (although once you’ve reached the ruins, the only way to get around is by foot). Here’s how to take a train or bus to Aguas Calientes, where there are frequent shuttles available for the last leg of the journey.

Saving Chile’s Rivers

Over the past decade-plus, the only environmental issue to rival forest preservation has been Chile’s wild rivers. The struggle over water rights and development will likely continue well into the future.

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.