Often referred to as the “Pompeii of the Americas”, Joya de Ceren is an extremely well preserved ancient Mayan farming village located in El Salvador, that was destroyed by a volcano about 600AD. The excellent condition of the remains provides an insight into the daily lives of the populations who worked the land at that time. The site was accidentally discovered by a bulldozer driver who was leveling the ground in 1976. Since then 70 buildings have been uncovered, including a public building, two houses, three storehouses, one kitchen, and a sweat bath.
The organic materials found are just as important. Those include various cultivated fields with maize plants, gardens with herbs, agave gardens, fruit trees, including cacao and guava.
Some people come to Costa Rica to admire the vegetation, or to take pictures of the legendary quetzal, or to listen to some good reggae music. Others come to Costa Rica to play sports, especially surfing. There are plenty of beaches both on the Pacific and Atlantic coast (Caribbean Sea) where you can ride the waves. According to surfers, Playa Malpais, located on the southwestern side of the Province of Puntarenas, is absolutely the best one. We are in the North-West quadrant of Costa Rica, more or less in the San José area. To say that the surrounding area is pristine is an understatement: the closest biggest city is Mansion, which is more than 100 kilometers away!
Simon Mesa Soto, a young Colombian moviemaker, awarded in Cannes for the best short, titled "Leidi".
Located in the Guanacaste Province, in north western Costa Rica, the Arenal Volcano National Park (Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal) is one of the classic destinations of Costa Rica. Its importance from a biodiversity and protection of the species point of view is made evident by IUCN's (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) classification, that makes of this area a real temple for the safeguard of the environment. When it comes to wildlife, the park harbors not only the majestic jaguar and many species of monkeys, but also curious animals such as the tapir or the coati (a species of raccoon), or the beautiful and legendary quetzal, whose green feathers were used by the Maya to make crowns.