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A collection of Mesoamerican Archaeology, Ethnology and Ecology from prehistoric and present day Mexico and Central America.
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Río Dulce, Guatemala
Hacienda Tijax in Rio Dulce, Guatemala offers a different over water bungalow experience than those glamorous lodgings found in Tahiti. These bungalows are tucked into the swampy jungles behind the Rio Dulce. Sitting on the back porch of your...
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Chicanná, Campeche, Mexico
Chicanna was a small Classic Maya (250-900 AD) town located in southern Campeche, Mexico that thrived despite its close proximity to larger regional powers. The site is composed of palaces, plazas and relatively small temples and contains no large...
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The Parque Museo La Venta in the busy city of Villahermosa, Tabasco provides an excellent opportunity to experience Tabasco's local archaeology and ecology. Tabasco was the ancient heartland of the mysterious Olmec culture and is a steamy, jungle...
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Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Tulum is one place that is truly unique. It's eco-chic off the grid style and location while simple by nature is truly a magical experience. a 10km strip with jungle on one side and beach cabanas on the other all with a different flair, flavor and...
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Carretera Merida-Campeche Km. 78, 97890 Uxmal, Yuc., Mexico
Uxmal holds some of the most complex and beautiful examples of the regional Puuc-style architecture, and its magnificent pyramids and structures make it a popular tourist destination.
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After a long and arduous day of driving hours over bumpy roads and climbing up and down the pyramids at Caracol, my wife and I were dying for some relief. We were about halfway back to San Ignacio, Belize when we saw the famous Blancaneaux Lodge....
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Rivas, Nicaragua
When your swaying with the tropical breezes in your hammock on Isla Ometepe, Nicaragua, you need a few items within easy reach to maintain maximum relaxation. Those items include, among others, a good book and an alcoholic beverage. In Nicaragua...
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Livingston, Guatemala
Guifiti is an infused spirit made by the Garifuna people that settled along the Caribbean coasts of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. The Garifuna are the descendants of Caribs and West Africans that have blended their languages and...
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Rock Stone Pond, Belize
Many people go to Belize and head straight for the islands and who could blame them? But just north of the international airport is the Classic Maya site named Altun Ha. Altun Ha is a small site, but has been wonderfully restored. The site...
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Tollan, El Salitre, 42800 Tula de Allende, Hgo., Mexico
Tula is an important archaeological site located a couple hours due north of Mexico City in the state of Hidalgo. Tula was the capital of the Toltec empire, which was characterized by long range trading and the beginning of pan-Mesoamerican...
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Granada, Nicaragua
Grenada, Nicaragua exudes enough charm with its pastel colored colonial buildings, but when the city is decorated for Christmas the place becomes magical. The sight of Christmas trees and twinkling lights in the tropics feels strange at first, but...
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Calakmul, Camp., Mexico
Rising high above the vast expanse of the Peten forest in southern Campeche are the towering pyramids of Calakmul. Calakmul was perhaps the most powerful state in the Classic Maya world, dominating the likes of Tikal for centuries and creating a...
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Hochob is a small yet interesting Maya archaeological site situated about an hour's drive southwest of Campeche. The principle structure is fronted by a stylized mask, which has a doorway for the mouth, serrated teeth, swirly eyes and an array of...
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Champotón-Campeche, Mexico
The days of Black Beard and Captain Morgan terrorizing the high seas have long since past, but the Fuerte de San Miguel still watches vigilantly over the city of Campeche. The fortress is located upon a rise just south of the city and attractive...
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Av de los Héroes, Centro, 77000 Chetumal, Q.R., Mexico
The capital of Quintana Roo, Chetumal is a great place to base yourself for a couple nights in order to explore some of the surrounding attractions, including several Maya archaeological sites and the Bacalar Lagoon, before jumping across the...
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Latin America
I did not see any red corn at the Maya site named Chacchoben as its translated named would imply. What I did see were many well restored temples and structures and what I did not see was another tourist. I find that smaller archaeological sites do...
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Ekbalam, Yuc., Mexico
In America, the usual appetizers are bread and butter. In Mexico, these ubiquitous appetizers were in every restaurant. They consisted of seasoned, smashed beans with cheese shredded on top of it, a type of sauce with chopped onions and tomatoes...
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Latin America
The Totanac archaeological site called El Tajin in northern Veracruz, Mexico, contains many unique examples of Mesoamerican architecture, such as the Templo de los Nichos or Temple of the Niches. The Totanacs ruled coastal Veracruz in the Classic...
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Av. 5 de Mayo 61, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06000 Centro, CDMX, Mexico
The restaurant and bar, called El Balcon del Zocalo, on the roof top of the Holiday Inn located along the Zocalo, or central square, of Mexico City is worth the inflated prices in order to get a bird's eye view of Mexico's largest and most...
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Copán Department, Honduras
The hieroglyphic staircase at the ancient Maya site of Copan tells the story of the Copan dynasty in its entirety and is the longest inscribed Maya text ever discovered. I'm certain the sacrificial victims who were forced up these stairs to have...
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Chichicastenango, Guatemala
The Maya city of Chichicastenango is a great place to experience some living Maya culture as well as shop for some amazing Maya artwork to grace your home and remind you of your travels in the highlands. The most popular items are the brightly...
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71240 Cuilápam de Guerrero, Oax., Mexico
The ex monastary of Santiago Apostol in Cuilapan, Oaxaca was a large Catholic monastery built by the Spanish to subdue the large population of indigenous Zapotecs and Mixtecs living in the region. The monastery contains an unexplained block that...
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Bonampak, Chis., Mexico
The classic Mayan site of Bonampak, located deep in the jungles of Chiapas, Mexico, holds one of the most unlikely and important discoveries in the history of Mayan archaeological investigation. The story of the wall murals is a story of an...
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Paseo de la Reforma & Calzada Gandhi S/N, Chapultepec Polanco, Miguel Hidalgo, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
My wife and I traveled through Mexico for over a month, visiting the fabulous ruins of the Toltecs, Aztecs, Maya, Olmecs, and so on, and staying in beautiful colonial towns absorbing the cultures of each region. We traveled central and southern...
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Edzna, Campeche, Mexico
Edzna is a large Maya ruin located about an hour away from Campeche, Mexico. The features a five story ceremonial pyramid, which was constructed in the Classic Period (650-900 AD). The site has a long history that dates back to the Preclassic...
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55800 San Juan Teotihuacán, State of Mexico, Mexico

This view is from the top of the "Moon Pyramid" in Teotihuacan looking out over a 2 kilometer stretch that's been excavated. It's a common misconception that the Aztecs built these structures, but they actually discovered  and inhabited them...

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Monte Albán, Oax., Mexico
The Zapotec ruled above the Valley of Oaxaca from their hilltop capital, named Monte Alban. Any visit to Oaxaca should include a tour of these impressive ruins. The native people living in Oaxaca today can trace their heritage directly back to the...
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Tonina, Chis., Mexico
The ancient Maya city of Tonina has its ceremonial core built onto a hillside, creating the appearacnce of one massive pyramid. Tonina reached its zenith during the Classic Period (250-900 AD) and was an adversary of Palenque. The hillside temple...
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Latin America
Xochicalco is a fascinating archaeological site located a few hours south of Mexico City in the state of Morelos. The site came to prominence after the fall of Teotihuacan and may have played a part in Teotihuacan's demise by blocking valuable...
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Circuito Perimetral S/N, San MIguel del Milagro, 90720 Natívitas, Tlax., Mexico
Located just outside the city of Tlaxcala, Mexico lies an archaeological site called Cacaxtla that was home to a group of warrior merchants who set up shop to control the flow of goods from the central valley of Mexico. The site contains an...
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Of all the Maya ruins, none exude the royal, palatial feel like Palenque. Perched in the hills with broad sweeping views down into the gulf plain below, one can sense the power the rulers must have felt at this location. The architecture and...
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México 54 Km 34, 99500 Villanueva, Zac., Mexico
A northern outpost of Mesoamerican high culture lies in the Mexican state of Zacatecas. The precolombian hilltop ruins contain a pyramid, ballcourt, palace and many other structures. The site may have been a Toltec outpost that traded southern...
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Juárez, 71980 Puerto Escondido, Oax., Mexico
Puerto Escodido, Oaxaca is primarily known for its double overhead barrels and surf scene. However there are some nice secluded coves protected from the massive surf, where one can enjoy calm, warm Pacific waters and eat fresh mariscos on the...
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Xochimilco, 86369 Comalcalco, Tab., Mexico
Comalcalco, the mighty Gulf Coast Maya city-state located in Tabasco, Mexico, used its proximity to the sea to become a major player in preColombian trade. The unique feature of Comalcalco's architecture is the use of crushed shell for plaster and...
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Tikal, Guatemala
The ancient Maya city of Tikal, located in the Peten department of Guatemala, was once the most mighty state of the Classic Period of Maya history. The evidense of Tikal's former glory can be viewed towering over the dense jungle canopy, still...
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Petén Department, Guatemala
Yaxha is an imposing classic Maya archaeological site located just off the highway between Tikal and the Belize border.
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The massive stone stelae located at the Maya site named Quirigua impress not solely by their size, but by the intricately carved glyphs and depictions of kings and gods on display as well. The site is an easy stop for those traveling between the...
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Negroman Rd, San Ignacio, Belize
Black Rock Lodge is the ultimate Belizean jungle lodge, located a few miles outside San Ignacio and down a dirt road that leads you into a high-walled, karstic river valley. All the cabinas are perched on the hillside with spectacular river views...
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Laughing Bird Caye, Belize
One of the highlights of staying in Placencia, Belize, is the easy access to several beautiful cayes on day trips. Laughing Bird Caye is less than an hour away and offers great snorkeling and relaxing on the soft white sand oasis.
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Hummingbird Hwy, Belize
If you rent a car in Belize, make sure to cruise the Hummingbird Highway from Dangriga to Belmopan. Take your time and check out all the amazing locations, such as Marie Sharp's Hot Sauce Factory, St Herman's Cave, Five Blues N.P., and the Blue...
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Chiquibil Forest Reserve, Belize
The massive ruins of Caracol were once a major Maya metropolis in prehispanic Belize, during the Classic Period. The majority of the site is yet to be reclaimed from the forest, but the structures that have been uncovered are truly impressive. The...
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Chiapas, Mexico
Yaxchilan is a Maya archaeological site strategically situated on a protected hill surrounded by a meander in the Usumacinta River. The site is oddly reminiscent of Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy and Stairway to Heaven. The grand stairway...
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Museo de Antropología, Xalapa Enríquez, Ver., Mexico
One of the great mysteries and archaeological wonders of Ancient Mexico is the colossal stone heads carved out of volcanic stone by the Olmec, who ruled the southern Gulf region of Mexico between 1,500-400 BC. The Olmec Civilization was located...
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Campeche, Mexico
Rent a car and get out on the highways and byways of the Yucatan Peninsula to discover the Maya Kingdom that still exists beyond Cancun's resorts and Chichen Itza's overrun ruins. Maya towns with charming colonial centers and empty ruins dot the...
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Hormiguero is the name of this Classic Maya archaeological site in southern Campeche. Hormiguero is a seldom visited and relatively small ancient Maya city located south of the trans peninsular highway that cuts across the southern Yucatan through...