Best of the Maya Part VI: What Happened?

Best of the Maya Part VI: What Happened?

What Went Wrong? The 64,000 cocoa question (for a time the Maya used chocolate as currency!) is what went wrong? What caused this highly developed, safisticated and scientific culture to collapse? Scholars have proposed various theories all of which cluster around themes strikingly familiar to contempary times; overpopulation, war, overtaxing of the environment, drought. Its […]

Copán: Best of the Maya Part II

Copán: Best of the Maya Part II

  Michael Angelo’s ancient Mayan cousin must have lived here. Seriously. Copán, which lies in the northwestern part of Honduras not far from Guatemala, is covered with spectacularly carved stele and sculptures. History written in stone. You can see Mayan carvings at other sites, but nothing compares to those at Copán. Copán was occupied for over […]

The Ants Go Marching…and Cutting, and Farming

The Ants Go Marching…and Cutting, and Farming

Meandering along the trail in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary & Jaguar Preserve in Belize, I found myself wishing I had an extra pair of eyeballs – one set to watch where I’m going (I’m a terrible klutz), and another pair to take in the scenery. The dense, broadleaf forest offered a feast for the […]

Surf Travel to Costa Rica Continues to Grow

Surf Travel to Costa Rica Continues to Grow

If you travel frequently, you might notice an increasing amount of over-sized luggage in the shape of surfboards.  Where are these boards going?  Chances are they are going to San Jose or Liberia, Costa Rica’s two international airports, both of which are just a short drive to some of the best surfing beaches in the […]