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Salamander
Fri 29 Mar 2019 03:40
An unexpected surprise was the national bird, the scarlet macaw, receives food at the site first thing. These birds as one tourist found out, are not domesticated, they are just given some fresh food and provided with homes. Others such as the agouti benefit from windfalls of the fruit.


This UNESCO World Heritage site is considered to be of universal importance to the world. It has 3D stela, you just have to walk round them to fully appreciate them. The Olmec were renown throughout the Mayan world and exported their work across mesoamerica. The temple Rosilda gives just a brief glimpse of what life must have been like for the Mayans. Their hieroglyphic staircase is an incredible history of rule of 16 kings writing about things such as solar eclipses and other defining events. Nowhere else is such a large amount of Maya history written. Ironically, Rabbit (the last ruler at the top) was murdered in Rio Dulce, just down the river from our boat.



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