The picturesque Río Magdalena runs through Mompox. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Sights in Mompox, Colombia

Mompox is what Cartagena looked like before it became a tourist destination, and it’s hard to deny the melancholic charm this oppressively hot town retains even today. The attraction here is strolling the wide streets, admiring the magnificent whitewashed houses decorated with intricate iron latticework, and watching the river flow by. There are also a few historical sights–plazas, churches, museums–to explore.

The front and steeple of the church visible at the waterfront.

Discover Puerto Varas

Picturesque Puerto Varas appeals widely to conventional tourists, while for more adventurous visitors it’s a great base destination for nearby recreation.

View inside Iglesias Nuestra Senora de la Merced. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

The Churches of Southern Habana Vieja

The southern half of Habana Vieja, south of Calle Brasil, was the ecclesiastical center of Havana during the colonial era and is studded with churches and convents. For those interested in architecture and history, a visit to this area is a must.

Green trees surround a bridge leading in to Bucaramanga, Colombia.

Sights in Bucaramanga, Colombia

Bucaramanga is a busy and growing city with a young and vibrant population and an agreeable climate where the flowers are always in bloom. Here are its most popular, engaging and interesting sights–mostly all contained within the very walkable city center–as well as tips for finding your way around

Charred woodcarving of Christ called "Señor de los Milagros".

The Black Christ of Guadalajara de Buga, Colombia

The city of Guadalajara de Buga is best known as a place of pilgrimage and an excellent launching point from which to discover many lesser-known sights and breathe the fresh air of the Valle de Cauca. Learn about the star attraction in town for religious pilgrims, the Black Christ of Basílica Señor de los Milagros, and how to get there.

Plaza de la Catedral, Habana Vieja. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Havana’s Habana Vieja District

Habana Vieja is a living museum, with its major sites of interest centered on Plaza de Armas, Plaza de la Catedral, and Plaza Vieja, each a town square with their own unique flavor. Gloriously restored, these sites sit in stark contrast to the much-neglected residential areas.

La‘ie Point State Wayside. Photo © Robert Lindsell, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Sightseeing Kualoa to La‘ie, O‘ahu

Sightseeing Kualoa to La‘ie is incredibly varied, from exploring out-of-the-way areas to all kinds of informative tours and outdoor adventures—you won’t find any tourist traps here.

‘Iolani Palace, with its glass and ironwork imported from San Francisco and its Corinthian columns, is the only true royal palace in America.

Best Sights in Downtown Honolulu

The best sights in downtown Honolulu are steeped in Hawaii’s political history. Those interested in architecture will find plenty to capture their interest, especially in America’s only true royal palace and a New England-style church built from hand-harvested coral.

Street in Río Gallegos after the rain.

Sights and More in Río Gallegos, Argentina

Río Gallegos has a handful of museums, historical landmarks, and other distinctive Magellanic buildings, and a handsomely redeveloped redeveloped waterfront. It’s also the gateway to one of the continent’s largest penguin colonies and several historic estancias open to visitors.