After leaving the ruins of Tikal in Guatemala and in order to arrive at the Mayan riviera in Mexico, it is almost mandatory to pass through Belize. And since you’re there… why not stop and visit a bit? While the most famous attractions of the country are probably its beautiful coast and islands, along the way to Mexico you can also stop to visit the area around San Ignacio to discover its Mayan past.
We decided to focus our very brief visit on one thing only: the cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal, also known as ATM.
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While in Guatemala, we decided to take a small detour to go and visit the mayan ruins of Copan in Honduras. We knew we were going to see a lot of Mayan archeological sites in the next few weeks but those one seemed quite special. Plus, it was the rainy season so our former idea of going swimming in the possibly flooded river of Semuc Champey was not really appealing…
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A few months ago we were arriving in Chile. Our very first stop was the capital, Santiago de Chile. It was the second capital we were visiting after Buenos Aires. To explore it better, we stayed right in the centre. Our Airbnb hosts were the most lovely people. They gave us so many advice on what to do and where to eat!
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Long ago volcanoes could walk and talk, just like humans. One of them, Tunupa, had a child, the father of which was unknown. All the other volcanoes loved Tunupa and they wanted to be father of the baby. So a huge fight broke between them, until they kidnapped the baby. The gods got angry and took away the volcanoes ability to speak and move. But Tunupa’s milk and tears for the loss of the child continued to flow, creating what we now know as salar de Uyuni.
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Isla de Pascua, or Rapa Nui in the native language, is a little island lost in the middle of the Pacific ocean. It is more than 2000 km away from the nearest inhabited land and 3500 km away from the coast of Chile. Polynesians canoes were the first to be able to cover such enormous distances. Legends says they arrived in Anakena, the only beach of the island. Whether this is true or false, the fact is that this part of the island became the land of the kings.
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The Guaranis are a native population of south America. They are now living in Paraguay and parts of Bolivia, Brasil, and Argentina. In Argentina they are mainly present in the region of Misiones, in the north-east of the country. We had the opportunity to stay in this region for a few days and learn more about their history. You can also read our post about the Jesuits missions in San Ignacio.
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