Remnants of the Maya civilization are scattered across Central America in an ancient, 1,500-mile-long trade ring known as La Ruta Maya. Sylvia and I took Overseas Adventure Travel's tour along this path.
— This account was compiled by Denise Baylis with help from other tourists.
We flew on an United Airlines Business Class to Houston and then San Salvador thanks to Doug who found the fare. Everyone's luggage made it except for Margaret and Greg's. Luckily they were veteran travelers and had their essential items with them; their luggage arrived the next day.
Joya de Cerén is aptly nicknamed the “Pompeii of the Americas,” because—like Pompeii—it features remarkably intact dwellings that were preserved for centuries after being buried under 20 feet of volcanic ash from an eruption of the Laguna Caldera volcano.
Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980, Copán is Honduras' most significant pre-Columbian site and the most elaborate of all Maya cities, earning it the title “Athens of the Maya World.”
We visited the Safe Passage School (Camino Seguro) in one of Guatemala City's poorest neighborhoods. In this area surrounding the city's garbage dump, countless families are forced to make a living by picking through endless piles of trash, looking for anything of value they can resell.