Colorful poled barges in Mexico City's Xochimilco Gardens.

The Floating Gardens of Xochimilco

Around the 13th century, the Xochimilcas cultivated manmade islands, building a network of floating gardens to help support a continual harvest. Today, these remaining gardens are a popular destination in the south of Mexico City.

Apache Crown Dancers performing at the 92nd Inter-Tribal Ceremonial in Gallup,NM.

Native American New Mexico, Ancient and Modern

Even if you’re visiting only a small area on your trip, there’s a lot of American Indian history to see in and around each place in New Mexico—but definitely try to schedule a visit around a dance ceremony at a pueblo, as this will give you the most memorable impression of the living culture.

Girls in traditional dress with skull facepaint walk down in the street in the Marigold Parade.

Festivals and Events in Albuquerque

From the nine day extravaganza that is the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival to the Marigold Parade celebrating the Mexican Day of the Dead, here are festivals and events worth traveling to see.

Wood statue in Pu'honua o Hanaunau National Historical Park in Big Island, Hawaii.

Hawaiian People and Culture

Nowhere else on Earth can you find such a kaleidoscopic mixture of people as in Hawaii. Learn more about the state’s inhabitants and native Hawaiian culture, from its strict caste system to the division of labor.

Sunlight comes in at an angle illuminating a farmouse and fog laying low in a pastoral valley.

Ecoutourism Treks in Guatemala

Community tourism initiatives, whereby local Maya guides take travelers to seldom-seen locales in Guatemala’s rugged countryside, make for some extraordinary cross-cultural opportunities. Here are some recommendations for where to start your trek.