Guanajuato – Vertical City

Guanajuato – Vertical City

No towers or sky-scrapers loom above.  I know of no elevators and can’t think of a building that has more than five floors.  Yet I live in a vertical city.  Guanajuato spills colorfully down the sides of a canyon.  The streets, “callejones” wind up and down with labyrinth-like unpredictability.  It’s beautiful, enticing and sometimes challenging. […]

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 […]

Return of the Dead: The Traveling Guanajuato Mummies Come Home

Return of the Dead: The Traveling Guanajuato Mummies Come Home

In a previous post about  the Guanajuato Mummies I said that you can still travel even if you’re dead. Turns out that you can also be kidnapped. This is a story of international crime and intrigue. A story of life, death, lawsuits, and a tour gone astray.   The victims were dead to begin with. In 1958, bodies were […]