This February I had the pleasure of traveling with G Adventures on their inaugural Mayan Ruins and Culture tour. It took us through El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala where we were able to visit many of the sites in the heartland of the former Mayan empire. We visited four Mayan ruins: Joya de Cerén, Copan, Quirigua and Tikal, each of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
In addition to the Mayan ruins, the tour also explored Lake Suchitoto in El Salvador as well as Rio Dulce and Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. We also were able to taste many El Salvadoran pupusas, observe how they locally produce indigo and witness a Mayan tree planting ceremony.
With the exception of one short flight, the entire from Flores to Guatemala City, the entire experience was done over land. I hope you enjoy viewing the photos as much as I did taking them.
The Mayan ruins of Tikal in Guatemala are some of the best and largest to be found in entire world.
What makes the ruins of Copan in Honduras so special is the intricate stone work which can still be found.
The ruins of Joya de Cerén in El Salvador show the remains of a Mayan village which was covered and preserved by a volcano. It is often called the Pompeii of the Americas.
One of the least visited, but most interesting, world heritage sites in Central America is Quirigua in Guatemala. Much smaller than Copan or Tikal, it is has the largest free standing stone monument in the Mayan world. They are also the largest free standing sculptures of any sort found in the Americas.
In addition to very large stelle, Quirigua also have very well preserved carvings which are on a par with what can be found in Copan.
By viewing the landscape today you can see why the Mayans found the region so appealing. This is an image of Lake Suchitoto in El Salvador.
In addition to ruins, you can also find plenty of wildlife in the region. Native macaws can be found all over the ruins of Copan, Honduras.