Okay. We lied: Palenque is not the Indiana Jones ruins. Tikal is. This is where you can harness your inner Indiana — though, unlike Palenque, they don't sell fedoras at the entrance. Calm RuinsI'm sure Tikal gets overrun. We arrived on a Sunday. We expected throngs of tourbuses and tourists and trash and tiendas. General … Continue reading Tikal

Montezuma Oropendola

Excellent name. Strange bird. Perhaps the strangest, most interesting bird I've yet seen. The males and females are both colorful — chocolate-colored overall with a vibrant yellow tail and white spots below their eyes and pointy, orange and black beaks — though the males are much larger. The males also — at least I think … Continue reading Montezuma Oropendola