Visiting Guaitíl on the Nicoya Peninsula

Guaitíl pottery is synonymous with Costa Rica’s indigenous crafts. In visiting this tranquil little village, you can take pottery classes and learn more about local culture and the ancient symbolism of the designs.

Sights in Scottsdale, Arizona

Want to know what to see in Scottsdale? Many of the city’s historic and cultural attractions center on Old Town, while North Scottsdale is home to two must-see attractions: the fabulous Musical Instrument Museum and Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home, Taliesin West. Kathleen Bryant gives an overview of the best sights in Scottsdale.

From Manaus into the Amazon Rain Forest

From Manaus, you can get a taste of the rain forest with day trips, but a longer tour or excursion is better if you want to get away from civilization, experience “virgin” forest, and see some wildlife.

Cusco and Machu Picchu: Living History

Despite the conquest, Inca culture has proven remarkably resilient over the centuries, which creates the sensation of time standing still. Quechua, the Inca language that is spoken by six million Andean highlanders, is heard as often as Spanish along the narrow alleyways of Cusco. Inca Trail hikers who arrive at dawn at the Inti Punku, or Sun Gate, will see the fog rise gently from the terraces and perfect stone buildings of Machu Picchu, which was lost for centuries and therefore perfectly preserved.

Early Peoples of the Virgin Islands

Four waves of pre-Columbian people settled in the Virgin Islands: the Ciboney, Igneri, Taino, and Kalinago peoples. Each group arrived in the Virgin Islands from South America, and each brought new advances in crop cultivation, social structure, and tools.

Visiting Ecuador’s Ingapirca Ruins

Home to the Inca empire’s only remaining sun temple, Ingapirca is easily Ecuador’s best set of pre-Columbian ruins. Ben Westwood covers the history of Ingapirca and what travelers can expect to see.