Category Archives: MesoAmerica

Flying Along the Tikal Zip Line

Flying along the Tikal zip line may not have been the smartest thing to do, but I wouldn’t have missed it for anything! I came off the walking tour of Tikal half exhausted and a little dehydrated, but when offered the chance to ride the zipline... Read More | Share it now!

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Mayan Tikal Carries Grandeur

Whether for ancient or modern visitors, Mayan Tikal carries grandeur. Our visit was a day I’ll remember always. Part of it was the sunshine and clear air. Partly it was expansive vistas where huge monuments peeped through the jungle canopy. But a... Read More | Share it now!

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Thatch-roofed Long Boats

We boarded the thatch-roofed long boats at Yaxchilan, Mexico, and traveled back up the Usumacinta River, which marks the border with Mexico. On this return trip we landed on the opposite shore, entering Guatemala at a village called Bethel, where we... Read More | Share it now!

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Yaxchilan on the Usumacinta River

Our destination today was Yaxchilan on the Usumacinta River which forms the border between Mexico and Guatemala. We boarded a tribal long boat with a thatched roof to keep off the sun and floated down the beautiful river. The boat rocked gently and,... Read More | Share it now!

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To the Mayan Nile


The Vallescondido Restaurante on the way to the Mayan Nile was a roadside surprise I’ll long remember. We had risen at dawn, too early for breakfast, packed our bags out, and settled into the ride to the Usumacinta River. No prospects for... Read More | Share it now!

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Past Splendor of Palenque

The past splendor of Palenque seems hidden away in a mountainous location of peace in Chiapis Province, Mexico. The site is another kind of beauty altogether compared to many of the archeological sites we’ve seen. To walk the paths of Palenque... Read More | Share it now!

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Parque-Museo de La Venta

The Parque-Museo de La Venta, an outdoor museum near Villahermosa, was only a short flight from Mexico City. I had eagerly anticipated the day’s destination, but our built-like-a-brick-with-ears tour guide (as he ruefully describes himself) had not... Read More | Share it now!

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Temple Ruins at Teotihuacan


Compared to Mexico City, which is sinking little by little, the complex of temple ruins at Teotihuacan, about thirty miles northeast of Mexico City is built on hard ground and will likely remain solidly reaching toward the heavens for a few more... Read More | Share it now!

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Two Sinking Cathedrals

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When I discovered that Mexico City houses two sinking cathedrals—the ornate Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary and the Metropolitan Tabernacle beside it (now joined as one building)—I felt very sad. The Cathedral houses two 18th... Read More | Share it now!

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Toltec Pole Dancers

Toltec dancers Vision Quest

Outside the Anthropology Museum in Mexico City, the sound of flute and drums drew us to a grassy park where Toltec pole dancers were performing a vision quest. Five men wearing brightly colored indigenous clothing circled a very tall pole, heads bowed... Read More | Share it now!

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