Ruler 18-Rabbit fashioned Copan’s enchanting Forest of Tree-Stones after gods. He envisioned them during his drug-induced trances. One of the “tree-stones” resembles the multi-armed, Hindu god, Vishnu. Emerging from another is an ancient bearded Chinese man. The Mayan people did not have beards. Considering the distance from Copan to Asia, these two stelae are amazing. It makes you wonder how, even with the drugs, 18-Rabbit could have conceived such visions.
Honduras’ Maya ruins at Copan approach amazing. Couple that with the Bay Islands’ landscape of mountains, rivers, jungle and aquamarine translucent waters, it is an archeology junkie’s dream and a diver’s paradise.
What is “Sabrosura?” It’s a local word used in the magical country of Colombia to express a feeling of positivity and joy. And it’s this word, this feeling, that the Colombian government has embraced to launch their new ad campaign aimed at attracting visitors from around the globe.
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Except for my family, there are few people with whom I like to travel. Lately, I have done many solo trips. Sharing experiences is much more rewarding.
Last fall, I reconnected with an old friend, Gail Goldman. In high school, we used to do a lot together including going to modeling school. She learned perfect posture and I fell down the stairs with my diploma. After high school, we drifted apart.
Now we are great pals again. I invite her to join me on a trip to Peru which includes the Plains of Nazca and an Amazon cruise. She quickly accepts even though she isn’t quite sure where Peru is. Although Gail has traveled, the outdoorsy stuff has eluded her. She asks me to check out her most appropriate clothes for the trip.
There’s more to South America’s largest country than Rio’s carnival and the golden sands of Copacabana. Along the coast north of Rio stretch the beaches of Pernambuco, punctuated by its lively capital of Recife. Between Rio and Recife, beautiful Salvador is filled with Colonial buildings and sits close to some of the continent’s finest diving waters. Inland is the gold-washed colonial capital of Ouro Preto and the city of Belo Horizonte, filled with art deco buildings and modernist landmarks. Help your clients plan their itinerary to include some of these places they may not have heard of.
Chile is the kind of destination that boasts a surprising variety of landscapes and tourist options. To begin, the country is located between the Andes and the Pacific. It is one of the longest countries in the world and very narrow with only about 112 miles from border to border. With a magnificent coastline, the country also borders Argentina, Peru
If you are looking for a destination that still promises days full of tranquility with little or no interruption, a limited number of tourists and no overrun cities, then Belize is the place for you. Belize became a buzz word back in 2012 when the Mayan calendar ended. Steeped in Mayan tradition, the only thing that happened with Belize’s renewed notoriety from the calendar’s end was that it became even more popular with tourists.
The night is black as coal. Gioconda Cabrera, dressed as a 19th century señorita, leads our horse and carriage tour - to a graveyard. She talks to the guard. He unlocks the gates. With only a penlight for illumination, we walk the main path. Massive marble tombs and a huge chapel stand like giant apparitions. Cabrera stops. At the grave of Fruta Chamorro Pérez, the first president of Nicaragua, Gioconda breaks into a haunting aria. I can’t imagine how much a passerby would be spooked by her
As Colombia opens itself up to tourism it is enticing visitors to take a look at all the jewels one can find there. It is actually quite easy to get to the destination and make these discoveries.
When you think of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands almost certainly come to mind. However, you would be wrong to count some of Ecuador’s mainland cities out as unique places to visit. There are plenty of cultural gold mines to be discovered inside this small country located between Peru and Columbia.