One of El Purutal's pigmented statues, near San Agustín, Colombia.

Sights of San Agustín, Colombia

The small colonial town of San Agustín is set in a place of enormous natural beauty and has wonderful spring-like weather, but is most visited because of its proximity to the largest pre-Columbian archaeological site south of Central America and north of Perú. Learn more about the sights around town and the dozens of archeological highlights.

Torre Observación lookout tower in Bosque Estatal de Toro Negro.

Four-Day Travel Itinerary: Cordillera Central, Puerto Rico

As enticing as Puerto Rico’s beaches are, there are plenty of reasons to spend time in the Cordillera Central, the island’s interior mountain range. This four-day travel itinerary allows you to explore the area’s gorgeous tropical jungle, hiking trails, natural pools, and indigenous culture.

An inset carving of a skull alongside other carved figures.

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.

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.

At the edge of the lagoon, a stork runs with its wings prepared to take flight.

Belize’s Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

A 33-mile drive from Belize City, or a little over an hour by bus, the island village and wildlife sanctuary of Crooked Tree are primary destinations for serious bird-watchers. Lily Girma provides an overview of Crooked Tree, including information on hiking, lagoons, and the annual cashew festival.

Framework surrounds a well-preserved carved wall that is slowly being unearthed.

Getting to El Mirador and Seeing the Pyramids

Here’s how to make the journey to El Mirador, a Preclassic Maya city whose dominating feature is the presence of two large pyramid complexes, El Tigre and La Danta, running east to west and facing each other.

View of colorful houses clustered on a verdant shore across a calmly rippling lake.

Guatemala’s Petén Department: Sights Near Flores and Santa Elena

There are a variety of attractions in and around Flores and Santa Elena that work well if you have a day or half a day while awaiting connecting flights or onward travel. ARCAS, Petencito Zoo, and Tayazal are a five-minute boat ride across the lake from Flores’s north shore, while the Parque Natural Ixpanpajul covers an area of nine square kilometers and is conveniently just off the highway toward Guatemala City.