Statue of Simón Bolívar, the Liberator, with pigeons.

Bogotá’s Plaza de Bolívar

Every respectable Colombian city has a Plaza de Bolívar, but none have quite the history as the one in Bogotá. A natural starting point for any tour of La Candelaria, brush up its history and sights to help plan your visit.

Plaza de la Catedral, Habana Vieja. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Havana’s Habana Vieja District

Habana Vieja is a living museum, with its major sites of interest centered on Plaza de Armas, Plaza de la Catedral, and Plaza Vieja, each a town square with their own unique flavor. Gloriously restored, these sites sit in stark contrast to the much-neglected residential areas.

Elaborate gold designs accent bright white walls inside a light-filled church.

What to See in Rio de Janeiro’s Centro District

Narrow cobblestoned alleys, grand baroque churches, turn-of-the-20th-century Parisian-inspired avenues and architecture, and the ubiquitous high-rises and urban chaos of a 21st-century megalopolis make up Rio’s Centro district. Here’s what to see when you’re visiting Centro.

Bouganvillea hang down in the foreground with the cathedral's yellow stone bright in comparison to the dark blue sky.

Sights in Havana’s Plaza de la Catedral

Cathedral Square is Habana Vieja at its most quintessential, the atmosphere enhanced by mulattas in traditional costume who will pose for your camera for a small fee. One Saturday a month, the plaza is a venue for the Noche en las Plazas espectáculo.

A pigeon perches on the lip of a stone fountain adorned with cherubs.

Visiting San Juan de la Frontera

San Juan has much in common with nearby Mendoza: wide tree-shaded avenues, sidewalk cafés, and a wine industry that’s lifting the local economy. Find out what’s worth seeing in the city.