Tikal, that means “the place of spirit voices” is a ruined Maya city that lies amidst the lush rainforests of Northern Guatemala in the heart of the Peten region. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tikal is one of the largest archeological sites and urban centers of the Maya civilization. Tikal was the capital of one the most powerful kingdoms. It was the largest of the Maya cities during the “Classic Era” over 1000 years ago. Eventually Tikal was abandoned completely and consumed by the jungle. It was forgotten for a long time and finally discovered again in 1848. During the 1960s the University of Pennsylvania oversaw major excavation work that was then continued by the Guatemalan government in the 1970s.
If you are thinking of planning a trip to Colombia, in this article will find some tips to avoid picking the wrong time, the wrong destinations, and the wrong means of transportation. Let's first dispel a myth: Colombia is not a dangerous country, or at least it is not anymore. Until about ten years ago driving around was extremely risky, but nowadays any tourist can enjoy the pleasure of driving up and down the mountain range or parking near a Caribbean beach to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Choosing the right destination is the first step not to be disappointed. First of all you have to know that Colombia is divided into two parts: the “civilized” part, and the “wild” part.
The dividing line connects the towns of Ipiales at the border with Ecuador, and Arauca at the border with Venezuela:
The Maya believed in an Underworld, a mythical world of the dead, which they called Xibalba. Described in the sacred text known as the Popul Vuh, the soul's trip to Xibalba was anything but pleasant. Guided by mythical dog that could see in the dark, the traveling soul would have to pass rivers of scorpions, bat filled houses and lots of blood. Archaeologists have found several cave systems with a series of temples in Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize and they believe that they may have been constructed by Mayans as a way to reach Xibalba.
Nicaragua, the land of lakes and volcanoes. This is the most common combination when thinking of Nicaragua. There are many more places to see and visit in this beautiful Central American country, however: from remote islands to nature reserves, from big cities to colonial Spanish ruins. Those who visit Nicaragua realize right away how much this country is underestimated by tourists, who usually prefer Costa Rica or Panama. As a teaser, we at Mydas Travel have selected 5 must see destinations. Let's start with the first: Managua and Managua Lake.
MANAGUA AND MANAGUA LAKE
It is perhaps exaggerated to say that the capital of Nicaragua is a must. However, if we add the homonymous lake, and maybe even the nearby Chiltepe peninsula Nature Reserve to the mix, we end up with not one, but three destinations, that deserve at least a couple of days stay.
The Archaeological Park is a 78 hectare site with around 130 statues on display, located in the San Augustin region in the upper Magdalena River Valley in the more than beautiful Huila Dept. in Colombia. Called by UNESCO “the largest group of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures in South America”, San Augustin is the home to one of the most important archaeological sites. The area is covered with freestanding monumental statues carved in volcanic rock that represent ancient indigenous rituals. Archaeologists estimate that the statues were created between 100 BC and 800 AD by an advanced civilization that mysteriously disappeared 1500 years ago.