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We flew from Buenos Aires to Guatemala City. The next day we took a Viator tour to Copan Mayan ruins in Honduras. It was a long drive. That same afternoon we took a guided tour of Copan.  It was a major kingdom during the 5th to 9th centuries. It was occupied for over 2,000 years. If those walls could only talk.  The evening was spent walking the small town located nearby.

The next day as we were driving back to Guatemala City, we stopped at a local market and at the Quirigua archeological park to see more Mayan ruins. Quiriguá was situated at the juncture of several important trade routes. Its architectural and sculptural styles with the nearby city of Copán, with whose history it is closely entwined. The site's importance lies in its wealth of sculpture, including the tallest stone monumental sculpture ever erected in the New World.

From Guatemala City we made our way to a resort just on the outskirts of Tikal National Park. Tikal was the capital of a state that became one of the most powerful kingdoms of the ancient Mayas. Though architecture at the site dates back as far as the 4th century BC, Tikal reached its apogee during the Classic Period, ca. 200 to 900 AD. During this time, the city dominated much of the Maya region politically, economically, and militarily, while interacting with areas throughout Mesoamerica such as the great metropolis of Teotihuacan in the distant Valley of Mexico. We attempted to see the sunrise over the jungle but there is too much humidity. I would have been better off staying in bed. Oh Well. Tikal is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

For a day off from seeing ruins, we visit the town of Flores.

We had arranged for us to be taken to the Belize & Guatemala boarder where our next hotel driver would be waiting. The immigration process was painless.

In Belize we visited the Caracol Archeological Park. The site was one of the most important regional political centers of the Maya Lowlands during the Classic Period. The Caracol area was occupied as early as 1200 BC, yet occupation in the epicentral area was no earlier than 650 BC and lasted no later than AD 950. Caracol boasts 53 carved stone monuments (25 stelae and 28 altars), and more than 250 burials and 200 caches.

From the town of San Ignacio, where our hotel was located, we made our way to Belize City for 2 days before our return back to Denver.