The incan Pisac Ruins in Peru.

Visiting the Pisac Ruins of the Sacred Valley

Pisac is one of Cusco’s few great Inca ruins that features all types of architecture—agricultural, hydraulic, military, residential, and religious. Area expert Ben Westwood shares an overview of these unique ruins.

At the edge of the lagoon, a stork runs with its wings prepared to take flight.

Belize’s Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

A 33-mile drive from Belize City, or a little over an hour by bus, the island village and wildlife sanctuary of Crooked Tree are primary destinations for serious bird-watchers. Lily Girma provides an overview of Crooked Tree, including information on hiking, lagoons, and the annual cashew festival.

An intact stone arch that once served as the entrance to the Maya city.

Maya Archeaological Sites on Isla Cozumel

Isla Cozumel played a deeply significant role in the Maya world. The island’s primary site—known as San Gervasio today—was dedicated to Ixchel, the Maya goddess of fertility, the moon, childbirth, medicine, and weaving. Read on to discover more about archaeological sites on the island.

Accommodations set on the verdant banks along the slow-moving Kwai River.

Excursions from Bangkok: Kanchanaburi Town

This sleepy, picturesque river town is exceedingly tranquil, with the slow-moving Kwai River snaking its way through limestone hills. Here’s everything you need to plan a trip to Kanchanaburi Town.

Framework surrounds a well-preserved carved wall that is slowly being unearthed.

Getting to El Mirador and Seeing the Pyramids

Here’s how to make the journey to El Mirador, a Preclassic Maya city whose dominating feature is the presence of two large pyramid complexes, El Tigre and La Danta, running east to west and facing each other.

View of colorful houses clustered on a verdant shore across a calmly rippling lake.

Guatemala’s Petén Department: Sights Near Flores and Santa Elena

There are a variety of attractions in and around Flores and Santa Elena that work well if you have a day or half a day while awaiting connecting flights or onward travel. ARCAS, Petencito Zoo, and Tayazal are a five-minute boat ride across the lake from Flores’s north shore, while the Parque Natural Ixpanpajul covers an area of nine square kilometers and is conveniently just off the highway toward Guatemala City.