A view of a crescent beach with a strip of white sand surrounded by heavy vegetation.

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.

Luminous green water fills the caldera of an extinct volcano.

Lake Quilotoa and the Quilotoa Loop

The road northwest of Latacunga loops through a series of remote indigenous villages. The spectacular scenery in this region—in particular the incredible beauty of Lake Quilotoa—makes this a very popular hiking destination.

Low grass studded with small yellow wildflowers carpets the areas between the remains of stone walls.

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.

Archaeology Magazine: Special Collector’s Issue on the Maya

“Come with Archaeology‘s editors as they dive deep into the sacred pools where the Maya made human sacrifices to the gods, watch modern boxers in Mexico recreating the sacred rituals of their Maya ancestors, and delve into one man’s obsession with an ancient Maya queen.”

View from a boat of a wide calm river and a lush grassy bank lined with trees.

Jungle Lodges in the Amazon

One of the best ways to get to a sense of the rain forest is to actually stay in its midst. Whether across the river from Manaus or hundreds of kilometers away, there are plenty of unforgettable eco-options to choose from.