Travel: Immersed in Guatemala’s Mayan history; Doug Hansen; San Diego Union-Tribune

Honduras – Maya Site of Copan

Sitting atop the largest pyramid in the world in northern Guatemala’s ancient Mayan city El Mirador, I tried to imagine how the city below looked nearly 2,500 years ago.

Standing nearby, the site’s principal archaeologist, Dr. Richard Hansen, explained how this had been one of the greatest cities of the ancient world, filled with dozens of grand palaces, pyramids and temples painted in vivid red, green, yellow and white hues, and adorned with elaborately carved images. Now mostly covered by forest, the 10-square-mile city also boasted the world’s first “highway system” with hundreds of miles of raised causeways, up to 150 feet wide, sealed with a thick layer of white limestone plaster. I couldn’t help wondering how it was possible for such an advanced civilization to have disappeared so suddenly and completely?

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Searching for adventure in the lost kingdoms of the Maya; Cody Punter; Toronto Star

Honduras – Maya Site of Copan

Ancient civilizations comes to life in action-packed expedition of archeological sites in Guatemala and Honduras.

GUATEMALA & HONDURAS—A stone peak pierced through the canopy of tropical rainforest as our helicopter made for the Mexican border. For decades the Guatemalan army used El Mirador as a landmark to identify the northern limits of the country’s airspace, believing it was a small mountain adorning an otherwise featureless landscape.

Little did they know the summit was actually the crown jewel of an ancient Mayan city. Rising up from the jungle floor, El Mirador’s La Danta pyramid is one of the largest man-made structures in the ancient world, rivalling even the Great Pyramid of Giza.

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This study is asking for help around the world to save at risk Natural World Heritage Sites; Samantha Tapp; The Plaid Zebra

Honduras – Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve

In the first ever global quantitative assessment of how humanity is negatively affecting Natural World Heritage Sites (NWHS), things definitely could’ve looked better. NWHS are globally recognized sites that hold some of the world’s most valuable and beautiful natural assets. Globally there are 1,031 sites that are recognized NWHS and many are at risks because of us humans doing what we can’t seem to stop doing: getting in the way of nature.

A recent study published in the journal of Biological Conservation was led by researchers from the University of Queensland, Wildlife Conservation Society, University of Northern British Columbia and the International Union for Conservation of Nature to assess the human impact on NWHS.

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