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Learning Maya History at the Most Impressive Maya Ruins

Tikal Guatemala

rchaeologists trace the origin the Maya to as far back as 1800 B.C. Mayan culture peaked between 600 AD and 800 AD. When the Spanish arrived on the Yucatán Peninsula in the 16th century, they made a point of burning the Maya’s writings. It was only when archaeologists deciphered their hieroglyphs did we learn about […]

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Toucans, Flycatchers and Woodpeckers – A Birder’s Paradise in Honduras

A keel-billed toucan

On our last day at Pico Bonito, we awoke before dawn, determined to carry out our mission: to search for the famous toucan. The Pico Bonito National Park is home to a myriad of wildlife, ranging from the world famous toucan bird to the Central American aguti, the elusive jaguar and ocelot (a type of […]

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Life on the Water: Honduras’ Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge

A crocodile in the Salado River

A thick leathery body floated over the glassy green water surface as we glided by the edge of the swamp in our motorized wooden boat. Our local guide Elmer signaled for the boatman to move closer. Once we were within an arm’s length from the body, we found a pair of big marble eyes staring back at us. An enormous […]

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When the Forest Comes Alive: Pico Bonito at Night

a shiny grasshopper

Darkness engulfs us in the thick of the woods, with the yellow beams of our torches and a faint slither of light from the lodge illuminating the way.  It’s after hours here at the Lodge at Pico Bonito but instead of downing piña coladas, we are hiking along one of the many trails that criss-cross […]

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In Search of the Toucan – Pico Bonito, Honduras

an iguana

Outside our thatched bungalow, we hear the jungle slowly awaking with the chirping of birds, shrill cries of cicadas and loud croaking sounds of frogs. Together, they form a synchronized jungle orchestra, their natural symphony echoing throughout the forest that surrounds us. Daylight has yet to arrive and the animals are already wide awake. We slip over the […]

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