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Day 1:  Fly to Guatemala City and overnight.
Day 2: Fly to the Flores, Petén. Boat to Aguateca. Overnight two nights near Sayaxché
Day 3:  Dos Pilas
Day 4: Punta de Chimino, Ceibal. Overnight Camino Real Tikal for two nights.
Day 5: Yaxhá, Topoxté.
Day 6:  Fly to Guatemala City. Overnight two nights in Concepción de Ataco.
Day 7:  Tazumal, Santa Ana, Casa Blanca.
Day 8: Joya de Cerén, San Andrés, Cerro Verde National Park. Overnight Suchitoto
Day 9: Cihuatán, Suchitoto. Overnight two nights in San Salvador
Day 10:  National Museum. City tour.
Day 11: Fly back to the USA.

Although way off the tourist trail, the architectural remains in these two Central American countries have much to offer the resolute Maya enthusiast.

Located in the south of the Mesoamerican cultural area, El Salvador is home to significant archaeological finds including the remains of several Mayan settlements. One such site, Tazumal, features a large, mostly intact structures that date to the first century. Cihuatán was an immense post-classic city that controlled trade with Honduras and the Caribbean. Like Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy, Joya de Cerén was buried under layers of ash from an eruption of a volcano about 600AD. The remarkable preservation formed a time capsule of exceptional scientific value. In 1993, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A picture of Keneth is proudly displayed on the table when I meet his mother, father and three siblings. From his photograph I can see that he was a beautiful, happy child who was clearly loved by his family.

Keneth disappeared on 16 December 2009, when he was just four years old. A week later his body was found beheaded in the yard of a nearby house. He had been murdered by two women who had intended to sell Keneth for $1,250.

His father, Guillermo, quietly tells me about what happened to him. As a father I just can't comprehend what it must be like to lose your child but for your child to be killed in such horrific circumstances is unfathomable.

All content on this website, including dictionary, thesaurus, literature, geography, and other reference data is for informational purposes only. This information should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional.

Day 1:  Fly to Guatemala City and overnight.
Day 2: Fly to the Flores, Petén. Boat to Aguateca. Overnight two nights near Sayaxché
Day 3:  Dos Pilas
Day 4: Punta de Chimino, Ceibal. Overnight Camino Real Tikal for two nights.
Day 5: Yaxhá, Topoxté.
Day 6:  Fly to Guatemala City. Overnight two nights in Concepción de Ataco.
Day 7:  Tazumal, Santa Ana, Casa Blanca.
Day 8: Joya de Cerén, San Andrés, Cerro Verde National Park. Overnight Suchitoto
Day 9: Cihuatán, Suchitoto. Overnight two nights in San Salvador
Day 10:  National Museum. City tour.
Day 11: Fly back to the USA.

Although way off the tourist trail, the architectural remains in these two Central American countries have much to offer the resolute Maya enthusiast.

Located in the south of the Mesoamerican cultural area, El Salvador is home to significant archaeological finds including the remains of several Mayan settlements. One such site, Tazumal, features a large, mostly intact structures that date to the first century. Cihuatán was an immense post-classic city that controlled trade with Honduras and the Caribbean. Like Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy, Joya de Cerén was buried under layers of ash from an eruption of a volcano about 600AD. The remarkable preservation formed a time capsule of exceptional scientific value. In 1993, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A picture of Keneth is proudly displayed on the table when I meet his mother, father and three siblings. From his photograph I can see that he was a beautiful, happy child who was clearly loved by his family.

Keneth disappeared on 16 December 2009, when he was just four years old. A week later his body was found beheaded in the yard of a nearby house. He had been murdered by two women who had intended to sell Keneth for $1,250.

His father, Guillermo, quietly tells me about what happened to him. As a father I just can't comprehend what it must be like to lose your child but for your child to be killed in such horrific circumstances is unfathomable.

All content on this website, including dictionary, thesaurus, literature, geography, and other reference data is for informational purposes only. This information should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional.

The Maya Empire, centered in the tropical lowlands of what is now Guatemala, reached the peak of its power and influence around the sixth century A.D. The Maya excelled at agriculture, pottery, hieroglyph writing, calendar-making and mathematics, and left behind an astonishing amount of impressive architecture and symbolic artwork. Most of the great stone cities of the Maya were abandoned by A.D. 900, however, and since the 19th century scholars have debated what might have caused this dramatic decline.

The Maya civilization was one of the most dominant indigenous societies of Mesoamerica (a term used to describe Mexico and Central America before the 16th century Spanish conquest). Unlike other scattered indigenous populations of Mesoamerica, the Maya were centered in one geographical block covering all of the Yucatan Peninsula and modern-day Guatemala; Belize and parts of the Mexican states of Tabasco and Chiapas ; and the western part of Honduras and El Salvador. This concentration showed that the Maya remained relatively secure from invasion by other Mesoamerican peoples.

Among the earliest Maya a single language existed, but by the Preclassic Period a great linguistic diversity developed among the various Maya peoples. In modern-day Mexico and Central America, around 5 million people speak some 70 Maya languages; most of them are bilingual in Spanish.

Day 1:  Fly to Guatemala City and overnight.
Day 2: Fly to the Flores, Petén. Boat to Aguateca. Overnight two nights near Sayaxché
Day 3:  Dos Pilas
Day 4: Punta de Chimino, Ceibal. Overnight Camino Real Tikal for two nights.
Day 5: Yaxhá, Topoxté.
Day 6:  Fly to Guatemala City. Overnight two nights in Concepción de Ataco.
Day 7:  Tazumal, Santa Ana, Casa Blanca.
Day 8: Joya de Cerén, San Andrés, Cerro Verde National Park. Overnight Suchitoto
Day 9: Cihuatán, Suchitoto. Overnight two nights in San Salvador
Day 10:  National Museum. City tour.
Day 11: Fly back to the USA.

Although way off the tourist trail, the architectural remains in these two Central American countries have much to offer the resolute Maya enthusiast.

Located in the south of the Mesoamerican cultural area, El Salvador is home to significant archaeological finds including the remains of several Mayan settlements. One such site, Tazumal, features a large, mostly intact structures that date to the first century. Cihuatán was an immense post-classic city that controlled trade with Honduras and the Caribbean. Like Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy, Joya de Cerén was buried under layers of ash from an eruption of a volcano about 600AD. The remarkable preservation formed a time capsule of exceptional scientific value. In 1993, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A picture of Keneth is proudly displayed on the table when I meet his mother, father and three siblings. From his photograph I can see that he was a beautiful, happy child who was clearly loved by his family.

Keneth disappeared on 16 December 2009, when he was just four years old. A week later his body was found beheaded in the yard of a nearby house. He had been murdered by two women who had intended to sell Keneth for $1,250.

His father, Guillermo, quietly tells me about what happened to him. As a father I just can't comprehend what it must be like to lose your child but for your child to be killed in such horrific circumstances is unfathomable.

All content on this website, including dictionary, thesaurus, literature, geography, and other reference data is for informational purposes only. This information should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional.

The Maya Empire, centered in the tropical lowlands of what is now Guatemala, reached the peak of its power and influence around the sixth century A.D. The Maya excelled at agriculture, pottery, hieroglyph writing, calendar-making and mathematics, and left behind an astonishing amount of impressive architecture and symbolic artwork. Most of the great stone cities of the Maya were abandoned by A.D. 900, however, and since the 19th century scholars have debated what might have caused this dramatic decline.

The Maya civilization was one of the most dominant indigenous societies of Mesoamerica (a term used to describe Mexico and Central America before the 16th century Spanish conquest). Unlike other scattered indigenous populations of Mesoamerica, the Maya were centered in one geographical block covering all of the Yucatan Peninsula and modern-day Guatemala; Belize and parts of the Mexican states of Tabasco and Chiapas ; and the western part of Honduras and El Salvador. This concentration showed that the Maya remained relatively secure from invasion by other Mesoamerican peoples.

Among the earliest Maya a single language existed, but by the Preclassic Period a great linguistic diversity developed among the various Maya peoples. In modern-day Mexico and Central America, around 5 million people speak some 70 Maya languages; most of them are bilingual in Spanish.

The fabled Maya people flourished throughout the Yucatan Peninsula and Guatemala for centuries. This very advanced civilization constructed great cities, grand palaces, pyramids and observatories, as well as advanced works of art, astronomy, literature and mathematics.

For somewhat mysterious reasons, the Maya society began its general decline across the entire area in the 10th century, yet remnants of this extraordinary people and a quite sizeable population of descendants still exist in Guatemala and all across the Yucatan today.

In fact, even though they remain the largest population majority in the country and their languages and religions survived, they sadly live in poverty, and if you will, form an almost forgotten and repressed minority-majority.

Day 1:  Fly to Guatemala City and overnight.
Day 2: Fly to the Flores, Petén. Boat to Aguateca. Overnight two nights near Sayaxché
Day 3:  Dos Pilas
Day 4: Punta de Chimino, Ceibal. Overnight Camino Real Tikal for two nights.
Day 5: Yaxhá, Topoxté.
Day 6:  Fly to Guatemala City. Overnight two nights in Concepción de Ataco.
Day 7:  Tazumal, Santa Ana, Casa Blanca.
Day 8: Joya de Cerén, San Andrés, Cerro Verde National Park. Overnight Suchitoto
Day 9: Cihuatán, Suchitoto. Overnight two nights in San Salvador
Day 10:  National Museum. City tour.
Day 11: Fly back to the USA.

Although way off the tourist trail, the architectural remains in these two Central American countries have much to offer the resolute Maya enthusiast.

Located in the south of the Mesoamerican cultural area, El Salvador is home to significant archaeological finds including the remains of several Mayan settlements. One such site, Tazumal, features a large, mostly intact structures that date to the first century. Cihuatán was an immense post-classic city that controlled trade with Honduras and the Caribbean. Like Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy, Joya de Cerén was buried under layers of ash from an eruption of a volcano about 600AD. The remarkable preservation formed a time capsule of exceptional scientific value. In 1993, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A picture of Keneth is proudly displayed on the table when I meet his mother, father and three siblings. From his photograph I can see that he was a beautiful, happy child who was clearly loved by his family.

Keneth disappeared on 16 December 2009, when he was just four years old. A week later his body was found beheaded in the yard of a nearby house. He had been murdered by two women who had intended to sell Keneth for $1,250.

His father, Guillermo, quietly tells me about what happened to him. As a father I just can't comprehend what it must be like to lose your child but for your child to be killed in such horrific circumstances is unfathomable.

Day 1:  Fly to Guatemala City and overnight.
Day 2: Fly to the Flores, Petén. Boat to Aguateca. Overnight two nights near Sayaxché
Day 3:  Dos Pilas
Day 4: Punta de Chimino, Ceibal. Overnight Camino Real Tikal for two nights.
Day 5: Yaxhá, Topoxté.
Day 6:  Fly to Guatemala City. Overnight two nights in Concepción de Ataco.
Day 7:  Tazumal, Santa Ana, Casa Blanca.
Day 8: Joya de Cerén, San Andrés, Cerro Verde National Park. Overnight Suchitoto
Day 9: Cihuatán, Suchitoto. Overnight two nights in San Salvador
Day 10:  National Museum. City tour.
Day 11: Fly back to the USA.

Although way off the tourist trail, the architectural remains in these two Central American countries have much to offer the resolute Maya enthusiast.

Located in the south of the Mesoamerican cultural area, El Salvador is home to significant archaeological finds including the remains of several Mayan settlements. One such site, Tazumal, features a large, mostly intact structures that date to the first century. Cihuatán was an immense post-classic city that controlled trade with Honduras and the Caribbean. Like Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy, Joya de Cerén was buried under layers of ash from an eruption of a volcano about 600AD. The remarkable preservation formed a time capsule of exceptional scientific value. In 1993, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.



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