Category Archives: MesoAmerica

Guatemalan Weavers at Lake Atitlan

As we made our way down to the dock, the Guatemalan weavers at Lake Atitlan aggressively sported their wares. They held out rugs and table cloths and wall-hangings, all With vibrant colors and made in traditional designs with wool, cotton, and silk yarn. In my imagination I placed them on every surface in my house, […]

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Beautiful Lake Atitlan in Guatemala

For months I had eagerly anticipated my visit to beautiful Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. My discomfort in the proximity of active volcanoes intensified, however, as we drove past the tell-tale triangular shapes of volcanic mountains. At Lake Atitlan you can always identify south by the three volcanoes on that side of the lake. Approaching famous […]

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Archeology under Guatemala City

The amount of archeology under Guatemala City, left unexamined while cars drive above and at risk of destruction when developers begin to dig, staggered me. That said, compared to other grand archeological sites we had visited, at first glance Kaminaljuyu seemed underwhelming, to say the least. Located in the middle of Guatemala City, my first […]

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Market Day in a Guatemalan Village

Market Day in a Guatemalan village seems to be as much about social relations as it about commerce. Maybe that’s true of American mall culture, come to think of it. At any rate, the wares being sold in the Guatemalan villages interested me a great deal more. Many women wore the hand-woven traditional clothing unique […]

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Macaws of Copan

The Macaws of Copan, Honduras, accompanied us on our afternoon walk into the ancient monuments of Copan. High above us in the trees, their cries announced their presence. Not realizing what was in store, we stopped and gawked, searching the dense growth with our field glasses to get a glimpse of the beautiful birds. Truly […]

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Ruins of Copan

The ruins of Copan is an extensive site that gave us much to see and do.¬†Once again, we learned that the actual foundational level of the city was something like 16 feet below the present surface where we were walking. Archeologists had to excavate to that depth to discover it, but since there is no […]

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Banana Crossing on the Road

While driving to the ruins of Copan, which is in Honduras, I experienced my first banana crossing on the road. Now that might create a cartoon-like image in your mind of small yellow bananas frolicking across the asphalt. Not quite. It was all very mechanized, but yes, a constant stream of bananas were crossing the […]

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Ancestral Holy Site of Quirigua

Zoomorph at Quirigua

The ambience of the ancestral holy site of Quirigua gave me an appreciation for why a group of people would want to designate it a holy place¬†both today and anciently. Quirigua is truly a lovely site comprising well-groomed lawns and huge stately trees in and among enormous and elaborate stella. I’m centering the picture of […]

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Painted Cemeteries and Volcanoes

As we drove through the countryside to Guatemala City, we spotted the painted cemeteries and volcanoes that make Guatemala such a distinct country. The painted cemeteries had been built very near the villages, the above-ground sepulchers built to resemble brightly plastered little houses. I saw almost enough joy in those colors to make me start […]

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Rio Dulce River to the Caribbean Sea

We knew in advance that our motor boat route would propel us along the Rio Dulce River to the Caribbean Sea, but I didn’t realize until it was over what variety and history we would experience along the way. We began our journey at the point where the river flows out of Lake Izabal with […]

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