A Travellerspoint blog

November 2013

Nov 25, 2013

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Posted by 2seniortraveler 17:00 Archived in Mexico Comments (0)

Colonial Antigue, Past and Present

Today we journey a 90 minute drive to the colonial capital of Antigue at 5000 feet above sea level. It is known as the Colonial Jewel of the Americas.

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Plaza de Armas

Plaza de Armas

Posted by 2seniortraveler 17:00 Archived in Guatemala Comments (0)

The land of Many Volcanoes

Facts I learned about Guatemala during our visit:

It is a small country in Central America, about the size of the state of Tennessee.

It has many volcanoes, our guide told us 37 and on-line I read it is 33, whatever, that is a lot of volcanoes, and Guatemala is known for volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.

It was the hub of the Mayan civilization, 1/2 the population are direct descendants of the Maya people.There are 200 Mayan sites that date between 350 B.C. and 900 A.D.

The country is tucked between Mexico, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador

Spanish is the official language but there are 21 Mayan dialects.

Guatemala produces more Jade than anywhere in the world. the Mayans often buried their rulers with Jade Mask and other Jade idems.

It is where Blue Denim fore jeans came from.

The Chocolate Bar was invented during the Mayan times.

Posted by 2seniortraveler 17:00 Archived in Guatemala Comments (0)

Nov 17, 2013

Panama City in the Background

Panama City in the Background


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Posted by 2seniortraveler 17:00 Archived in Panama Comments (0)

Cartagena

Cobbled streets, balconies with blooming bougainvillea, and pastal plazas makes one of Latin America's most photogenic cities. Founded in 1533, this Spanish Colonial city is steeped in history. It's location made a popular port for plunderers and pirates. There is signs of the city's pirating past on every corner. Castilla de San Felipe de Barajas, the city's largest fortress was built to fend off pillagers. Old dungeons turned boutiques and souvenir shops are well worth the trip.

Posted by 2seniortraveler 17:00 Archived in Colombia Comments (0)