Fábrica El Laguito cigar factory in Havana, Cuba.

Touring Havana’s Cigar Factories

You’ll forever remember the pungent aroma of a Havana cigar factory, a visit to which is de rigueur. The factories, housed in colonial buildings, remain much as they were in the mid-19th century. Here are the factories currently open to tours.

A boat on display at the St. Michaels Maritime Museum.

Visiting Historic St. Michaels, Maryland

This charming vintage port is a popular tourist destination and features manicured colonial, federal, and Victorian homes, stunning churches, and a scenic shopping area with specialty stores, restaurants, exclusive inns, and bed-and-breakfasts.

A colonial building with a sign that reads Casa Historico de Alcantara.

Alcântara, Brazil: A Hauntingly Beautiful Colonial Town

Most people visit Alcântara as a day trip. Approaching Alcântara by boat is an experience in itself as you view its church domes, red tile roofs, and lithe imperial palms slowly emerge from a swathe of emerald jungle. Read more about visiting this colonial town in northeastern Brazil.

Courtyard view of stone buildings with clay tiled rooves.

What to See in Natal, Brazil

With a trio of modest museums and a historic district, there are a few sights worth the time when visiting Natal. The most impressive of the all-too-few vestiges of the past is the star-shaped Forte dos Reis Magos.

Visiting the Capital City of Santa Fe in Argentina

Capital of its province, the city of Santa Fe plays second fiddle to youthful Rosario in economics and culture, but it has a core of colonial monuments that no other nearby place can match. It also enjoys easy access to the middle Paraná islands, thanks to a series of bridges across the river’s tributaries to the city of Paraná, Entre Ríos.