The brand new waterfront of Paseo Tablado La Guancha. Photo © Suzanne Van Atten.

Planning Your Time on Puerto Rico’s South Coast

Instead of lush, rocky coastlines, rough Atlantic waters, mountainous karst country, and a dense population, Puerto Rico’s south coast features a flat, dry topography, and considerably less commercial development. It’s a great place to go if you want to escape the traffic and American influence found elsewhere on the island. And there are many great historic and cultural sights to explore.

Semuc Champey. Photo © Al Argueta.

Guatemala’s Top Ten Must-Sees

Guatemala’s top ten must-sees range from colonial towns and archeological sites to majestic volcanoes and stunning emerald green limestone pools. There’s something here for everyone, whether you’re a nature lover, history buff, or adventure traveler.

Stone carving at Tierradentro Archeological Park. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Explore the Tierradentro Necropolis in Colombia

Tierradentro is the site of a major indigenous necropolis that includes monumental funeral statues and hypogea (underground burial chambers), our only link to the extinct culture that thrived here for 400 years. Learn about what you’ll see on a visit and how to best tour the many archeological sites.

Ancient petroglyphs along the Reef Bay Trail are a reminder of the Virgin Islands' early history. Photo © Susanna Henighan Potter.

Family Fun on St. John

St. John is a playground, and every child loves to play. Beaches, hiking, snorkeling, and sailing provide diversions for all ages. Leave the iPad at home, but bring a camera to record your family’s encounters with sea creatures like turtles, dolphins, rays, and conch.

Bone fragments found at the Marco Gonzalez Maya Site. Photo © Lebawit Lily Girma.

The Marco Gonzalez Maya Site, Belize

Those looking for a little Mayan history on Ambergris Caye in Belize can find it at the Marco Gonzalez Maya Site. History and adventure buffs will enjoy private guided tours of this virgin site, currently under study, which was inhabited by the Maya for 1,600 years.

Castillo San Felipe del Morro. Photo © Suzanne Van Atten.

Where to Go in Puerto Rico

Though relatively small, there’s no shortage of places to explore and things to experience in Puerto Rico. Here are the highlights by region, from San Juan to each coast to the central mountain region and the offshore islands.

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.