Los Lanceros, the memorial sculpture of the Batalla del Pantano de Vargas. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Visiting Boyacá, Santander, and Norte de Santander

Located north of Bogotá, the mountainous departments of Boyacá, Santander, and Norte de Santander are rich in history, natural beauty, and outdoor activities. Learn about the area and how to plan your time to make the most of your visit.

The Customs House dates back to 1751. Photo © Susanna Henighan Potter.

Explore Christiansted National Historic Site

Comprising five historic structures dating to the earliest days of Danish colonization, Christiansted National Historic Site is the natural starting point for any exploration of historic Christiansted. Take a moment to enjoy the view outside on the expansive lawns, then delve into the site’s history by exploring inside.

Costa Ricans have been rated the happiest people in the world. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Costa Rican Society and Identity

Expert author Christopher P. Baker introduces travelers to the rhythms of Costa Rican society, from its demographics and collective values to the Costa Rican identity as a country and as individuals.

Entrance gate to the United Hebrew Congregation Cemetery in Guanabacoa, Cuba.

Jewish History and Heritage Sites in Cuba

A brief look at Jewish history in Cuba from the arrival of Luis de Torres in 1492 as the first Jew in Cuba to the high point of the community mid-20th century to today. A handful of Jewish heritage sites remain open to the public, including Cuba’s oldest synagogue and a Holocaust museum.

Thriving coral in the waters of San Andrés, Colombia.

Discover San Andrés, Colombia

Surrounded by a large barrier reef, San Andrés is Colombia’s Caribbean playground. Days here are spent lazing on the beach, island hopping, snorkeling and diving, and enjoying fresh seafood.

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.

Facing the Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco de Asís, cobbled Calle Oficios is lined with 17th-century colonial buildings.

Sights Along Havana’s Calle Oficios

Cobbled Calle Oficios is lined with 17th-century colonial buildings that possess a marked Mudejar style, exemplified by their wooden balconies. Many buildings have been converted into cultural venues such as museums, art galleries, and performance spaces. A stroll along this street is a must for fans of architecture and history.

A six-foot statue of Queen Lili‘uokalani located in downtown Honolulu.

The End of the Kingdom of Hawaii

Like the Hawaiian people themselves, the Kamehameha dynasty in the mid-1800s was dying from within. Learn about the decline of the Hawaiian royal line, its fall to an unpopular coup, and how the Hawaiian Islands came to be a part of the United States of America.