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
given some fresh food and provided with homes. Others such as
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
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.
(the last ruler at the top) was murdered in Rio
Dulce, just down the
river from our boat.