The art piece The Last Supper features ghostly life-size hollow figures against a desert background.

The Ghost Town of Rhyolite in Death Valley

Learn about the ghost town of Rhyolite in Death Valley National Park, settled in 1904 and abandoned almost completely by 1920. You’ll find plenty of intact ruins to explore, as well as a few surreal and unique sights.

Arenal Volcano stands tall in the Northern Zone of Costa Rica. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Where to Go in Costa Rica

To relax, unwind, and adventure, Costa Rica truly offers something for everyone. From the thriving nightlife of San José, to the crisp, cool cloud forests of Monteverde to the white-sand beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula, here’s where to go in Costa Rica.

Cannons and cannonballs are used as traffic barricades on Calle Mercaderes in Havana, Cuba.

A Walk Down Calle Mercaderes, Havana

Cobbled Calle Mercaderes between Obispo and Plaza Vieja is full of museums, art and rare collections galleries, beautiful architecture, and handmade goods such as traditional fragrances and Spanish fans. A walk along the street can easily take a full day or more if you stop to see all there is to see.

Plaza Vieja at night. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Sights in Plaza Vieja, Havana

The last of the four main squares to be laid out in Habana Vieja, Plaza Vieja’s restoration has made it home to boutiques, restaurants, museums, and luxury apartments for foreign residents. Fans of art and architecture will definitely want to spend some time here, while casual visitors will find plenty to hold their interests in the plaza’s sights.

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.

Squirrel monkey hanging on a branch at Manuel Antonio National Park. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Costa Rica’s Must-See Destinations

Costa Rica is a wildly diverse landscape. Similarly, its must-see destinations run the gamut from museums to national parks to exceptional communities to explore. Depending on the length of your visit, it might be impossible to see them all; here’s a quick summary to help you choose which ones you’d most like to dedicate your travel time to.


Havana’s Universidad de la Habana

Learn about Havana’s Universidad de la Habana, a center for learning where visitors can stroll the grounds, see its unique monuments–including a Saracen armored car captured by students–and tour its museums.

Green trees surround a bridge leading in to Bucaramanga, Colombia.

Sights in Bucaramanga, Colombia

Bucaramanga is a busy and growing city with a young and vibrant population and an agreeable climate where the flowers are always in bloom. Here are its most popular, engaging and interesting sights–mostly all contained within the very walkable city center–as well as tips for finding your way around