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  • The Mayan ruins of Guatemala

    Tikal, photo by An en Alain on Flickr

    Mayan ruins have always been surrounded by an aura of mystery and have never failed to attract the curious and the adventurous, but this yea (what with the end of the Mayan calendar and the presumed upcoming apocalypse), Mayan ruins are going to be especially popular.

    So if you want to take advantage of the last chance to see the ruins, or (most likely) have something to brag about in 2012, then why not take a look at the Mayan ruins of Guatemala?

    Tikal, the  most famous one, is one of the largest pre-Columbian sites in the world and a tourist hotspot, but the smaller Mayan ruins of Guatemala that get less attention can still give you the feeling that you are the first person to step foot there in centuries.

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  • Top 5 surprising attractions in Guatemala

    Lake Atitlan, photo by alq666

    Guatemala is a place that simply captures your heart. A country that is ill-famed for its high rates of criminality, and yet a country where people always return to see more. Guatemala is probably a well known name for those travelers who are interested in Maya culture or colonial history, pristine forests and volcanoes.

    Guatemalan culture is rich and tourist attractions are always surprising, especially if you expect to find a dangerous or poverty-stricken country. Whatever your travel-infused imagination cooks up, it can probably be put into practice in Guatemala. If you’re curious about what this Central American country has to offer, here are top 5 surprising attractions in Guatemala.

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  • Top reasons to visit Honduras

    Copan, photo by Adal-Honduras

    If you are interested in Central America history, Central American cultures, colonial history, ruins, you should go to Honduras. And you should do the same if your interests run more along the lines of beaches, nice architecture, great nightlife, natural parks of snorkeling.

    To put it simply, Honduras is one of those countries where anyone, regardless of what they’re interested in, will find something to like. If you haven’t given much thought to visit this interesting country before, here are top reasons to visit Honduras that might just convince you.

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  • Top 5 underrated Mayan ruins

    The ruins of the Maya empire Central America are some of the most interesting historical sites in the world, and the remnants of a fascinating civilization that continues to mystify historians. Many of the remaining Maya ruins in Central America are the most popular tourist attractions in the area, but there are many more Maya sites which are overlooked even if they are just as historically and culturally important.

    These sites receive much less attention, so chances are that you will have these sites mostly to yourself. If you want to see another, less seen side of Maya culture, here are the top 5 underrated Mayan ruins in Central America.

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  • The most beautiful World Heritage Sites in the world

    If a place has the label of Unesco World Heritage Site, then you can rest assured that what awaits you is without a doubt one of the most stunning places on the planet. Any place can become a world heritage site, whether it is natural or built by humans, the only condition is that it should have a great cultural or physical significance.

    There are many such places on the planet, over 900 in fact, scattered over all the continents. Although all of these places are really amazing, some of them are obviously higher up on the list of things you should see before you die, so here a list of the most beautiful world heritage sites in the world.

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  • The Adventurer’s guide to Belize: cities and ruins

    In many ways, Belize is the typical former British West Indies colony, where English is spoken by most of the population,  which is made up o a mix of ethnicities. It is the only Central American country which doesn’t have a coast at the Pacific Ocean, but this lack is compensated by Belize’s miles and miles of beaches at the Caribbean Sea.

    While the beaches of Belize are on the small size, they are a scuba diving paradise. In addition to this, the lush jungles of the mainland hide tons of archeological treasures, and the ever-surprising towns and cities of Belize are a constant source of excitement for those who decide to visit them.

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  • What to do and where to go on the Yucatan Peninsula

    Yucatan Merida BeachIf we were to define the Yucatan Peninsula in a rather simplistic and crass way, we could say that it is that part of Mexico where Cancun and the Maya pyramids are. Of course, saying something like this would be an insult to the complexity of the peninsula’s culture, heritage and people, but there is a grain of truth in it. Yucatan is straddling the border between the modern and luxurious (Cancun being the perfect example) and the heritage of the Maya ancestors, with a pinch of old colonial vestiges thrown in. These components make Yucatan a fascinating place, and much more than the sum of its parts. So here’s what you can expect to find in Yucatan, resorts and ruins notwithstanding.

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