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Copán in Honduras: Stellar Stelae, plus Macaws

The fifth and final Maya site of my trip was located in a new country, Honduras. Getting there involved another long bus trip from Flores to Chiquimula, Guatemala, where I hired a taxi to take me the last hour and a half including crossing the border. The town of Copán Ruinas is less than ten […]

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Magical Tikal: Sunrise as the Jungle Awakens

One site on my itinerary was largely responsible for inspiring the entire journey: Tikal. This Mayan site in the Guatemalan jungle has long been on my list, and I was excited to finally be making it happen. Getting from Flores to Tikal is pretty easy. Most visitors book a tourist shuttle that picks them up […]

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Flores, Guatemala: Island of the Setting Sun

With a two-minute boat ride across the Usumacinta, I had crossed the border from Mexico into Guatemala. My lancha pulled up to the dock in what is hardly more than a one-street town. La Técnica, Guatemala isn’t even labeled on Google Maps, and it serves only as a jumping off point for cargo and people […]

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The Lancandon Jungle: Mayan sites of Yaxchilan and Bonampak

The main goal of this trip was to visit three of the most important Mayan archaeological sites: Palenque in Mexico, Tikal in Guatemala, and Copán in Honduras. While planning the trip, I looked at several ways to travel between my visit of Palenque onward to Tikal. I found a pretty interesting option that would take […]

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Chiapas, Mexico: San Cristóbal, Cañon del Sumidero, and Palenque

After a week together in Oaxaca, my wife Jan headed home while I began a two-week solo adventure in the world of the ancient Maya. From Oaxaca, I flew to the Mexican state of Chiapas, where my main target was Palenque, a Mayan city whose structures mostly date from the seventh century.

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A week in Oaxaca Mexico: Tlayudas, Raspas, and Mezcal

Oaxaca (pronounced wa-HA-ka) is a state in southern Mexico with a capital city of the same name. In recent years, Oaxaca has become a popular tourist destination, well-known for its fantastic food scene. It’s not surprising then that the highlights of our visit to Oaxaca were all about the food and drinks we had there.

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Cuenca, Ecuador: A Luxury Stay in an Idyllic Setting

Leaving behind the hustle and bustle of Quito, we headed to Ecuador’s third-largest city, Cuenca.  Despite a population of half a million, Cuenca still manages to feel like a small town.  We splurged on a luxurious place to stay, choosing the amazing hotel Mansion Alcazar.

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Quito, Ecuador: Big Clouds and Big Churches

An overcast sky was ever-present during our stay in Quito, but in many ways the weather just enhanced the scene.  Instead of dulling the colors, the dark rolling clouds seemed to transform the landscape into a dark and rich painting palette. While headed to Quito’s historic Old Town, I took this shot of a typical […]

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Quito, Ecuador: Shotguns and Happy Meals

Mile-High City?  Meh.  Try 1.8 Miles. Because of our unexpectedly late arrival in Quito, it was late in the following day when we finally opened our eyes and officially arrived in South America.  And, hey, does anyone else feel a little weird?  Quito, Ecuador lies in the Andes mountains at an elevation of 9350 feet.  […]

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A Trip 30 Years in the Making

The Lure of Peru For all of my life, I have been fascinated by South America.  As a teenager, I loved to read about adventurers who travelled deep into the Amazon jungle or high amid the Andes. When I first saw pictures of the Inca ruins at Machu Picchu, it instantly moved to the top […]