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San Agustin site
Keywords: pre-hispanic, UNESCO
The most visited archaeological site of Colombia is by far San Agustin. It's easy to observe when you arrive in the town which is filled with tourist services (information centres, tour companies, etc). It's also very easy to reach, with buses directly from the capital (Bogota)! The site boasts the largest collection of religious statues in South America, the art there is phenomenal and when you consider these were done over 1000 years ago. more...

Tierradentro
Keywords: pre-hispanic, UNESCO, WHS
Although it's considered the second most important archeological site in Colombia, and receives far less visitors than the one in San Augustin, I believe this site is more important because of the complexity of the site. Both sites have similar statues but in Tierradentro they are placed in richly decorated underground burial chambers while in San Augustin they are showcased in an exterior environment. The Tierradentro thumbs were created around years 600 to 900, before their people apparently vanished. more...

Stone spheres of the Diquís valley
Keywords: pre-hispanic, UNESCO
Costa Rica has a total of four UNESCO World Heritage sites, including one (the park La Amistad) shared with Panama. But the three natural sites of the country are quite hard to access when you don't have a car... and there are no tours organized to visit them. The only cultural site is however very accessible... and I've visited it yesterday. more...

Southern Guatemala
Keywords: city, pre-hispanic, summary, tourists, UNESCO
After exploring the capital, I went to the Pacific Coast, to a colonial city shrine, to the mountains and to the other major lake of the country to complete my exploration of the country. That brought me from the beaches to the high mountains in the heart of the Mayan people. I think I've explored most of the country with these additional stops. more...

Joya de Cerén
Keywords: pre-hispanic, Ruins, UNESCO
Most of you have heard about the eruption of the Vesuvius in Italy that instantly converted Pompeii of ashes and preserved life as is for nearly two thousands years. But how many of you know that there are cities like that in America too? I didn't, but I visited one today. more...


Tikal
Keywords: Mayas, pre-hispanic, Ruins, UNESCO
I like to go early on an archeological site to be there before the crowds and have a chance to take nice pictures without people in them. Usually the sites open at 8 AM and the bus tours arrive around 10, leaving me some time to do the visit and take pictures. In the case of Tikal, it's a lot different. There are tours to bring you there to watch the sunrise leaving Flores at 3 AM so we can enter the ruins park around 4 AM, to have time to cross the site and reach the pyramid for the sunrise viewing. There are a few groups who are there at the same time... so even though it's pitch black out there... you can have easily up to 100 people roaming the location. I had picked my date after watching the weather forecast... and today was a clear sky day with a few clouds. Unfortunately, I still wasn't lucky. more...

What I've seen in Mexico
Keywords: Biosphere, Historic, Mayas, monument, pre-Columbian, pre-hispanic, professional sport, pyramids, Ruins, summary, UNESCO
Mexico is a rich country in terms of history and people, even if it's not that rich in financial terms. It is the country in the Americas with the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites sites (32), most of them (27) are related to history or culture. Its territory has been the home of very important civilizations for more than 3 000 years. Each of the major civilizations who occupied the current Mexico territory left important traces through their abandoned cities. In their apogee, many of those cities were amongst the largest of the world in their time. more...

Chichén Itzá
Keywords: Mayas, pre-hispanic, UNESCO
I was looking forward with great anticipation my visit to Chichén Itzá. It's probably the most famous Mexican site outside the country (almost everyone has heard about it) and it's a major site in the history of the Mayas. It's in close distance from the Riviera Maya, so it's constantly flooded with tourists. I arranged myself to be there early in the morning, before the arrival of the bus tours. It was a nice visit, the weather was incredible and I really enjoyed my visit into this famous city. more...

Palenque
Keywords: maya, pre-hispanic, UNESCO
With Palenque, I really began my visit of the Maya territory. The Mayan empire was decentralized, as opposed to the centralized one of Teotihuacan. The Mayans had many regional capitals in what is today Southern Mexico and Central America. Palenque was their most Northern capital and was the political and economical centre of the area. It's apogee was between year 500 and 700, period during which most of the buildings were built. more...

El Tajin
Keywords: pre-hispanic, pyramids, UNESCO
At first, I didn't plan to go to El Tajin, but after I met another traveller on the El Chepe train, I decided it was worth a look. And yes, it was worth it. It's a site quite different from other pyramids sites I've encountered so far in Mexico, because it's very densely packed, probably because of the surrounding hills and the pyramids are quite fragile and not accessible to the visitors. But overall, it's a very interesting site, that is easily accessible. more...

Teotihuacan
Keywords: pre-hispanic, UNESCO
Teotihuacan is one of the oldest cities in Mexico. Although the territory was occupied even before Christ, it was only around year 100 that it became a city. The city flourished and was a very important city for more than 500 years, until it was burned and abandoned around year 650. At its peak, Teotihuacan was home of more than 100 000 people! The name means “Where men convert into Gods” was the name given by the Aztecs who rediscovered the city around year 1400, who interpreted the site according to their own beliefs. more...
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