Panama Viejo

One rainy afternoon, I explored the ruins of the first site of Panama City. It was founded by the Spanish in 1519 and inhabited until being sacked by pirate Henry Morgan in 1671. Not much remains of the colonial city, but some preservation and restoration work is underway.

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Tikal

On my way from Belize to Guatemala City, I stopped at Tikal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to some of the world’s most magnificent Maya ruins. In addition to the stunning architecture and layout of Tikal, the plant and animal life that has taken over the ancient city was amazing. I ended up spending the night in the park; being able to climb the Temples at sunrise and have the Great Plaza all to myself was incredible.

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Cahal Pech

Cahal Pech is a relatively small complex of ruins a 25 minute walk outside of San Ignacio. After going to church in town, with few buses running on the Sunday afternoon, I decided to check it out. Because Cahal Pech doesn’t receive heavy tourist traffic in comparison to Altun Ha or Lamanai, the ruins seemed much more accessible. Exploring the visitors center and site was enjoyable, and the friendly dog that insisted on being a tour guide was a definite highlight. I also got the chance to talk to an archaeologist from the University of Texas who had been working on the skeletons at Actun Tunichil Muknal the previous day.

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