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Tours and Packages to Benefit the Maya in 2012

The fast-approaching end of the Maya Long Count has inspired a number of Mundo Maya accommodations to come up with some truly unique and creative offerings this year—the best of which include a way for local Maya people to benefit from tourism.

2012 Calendar with Maya and Gregorian Dates

For the Mayaphile and/or traveler in your life, this 2012 Maya calendar is a perfect gift. It was developed by archaeologist Ed Barnhart and all proceeds from the $13 item go to support the Maya Exploration Center (MEC), a non-profit research and education center. Dr. Barnhart makes sure that in addition to our standard Gregorian […]

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Moon Maya 2012

December 21, 2012 is an important date for the Maya; it marks the end of the Long Count, a 5,125-year cycle of the Maya calendar, and the world’s transition into a new era. Some believe this transition will be peaceful; others warn it will be nothing short of explosive. But there’s one thing everyone can […]

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Moon Living Abroad in Nicaragua

Central America experts Joshua Berman and Randall Wood know what it takes to make the move to Nicaragua—both have left the U.S. to make their homes there. In Moon Living Abroad in Nicaragua, they share their firsthand advice on transplanting to Nicaragua, ensuring that you have all the tools you need to navigate the ins […]

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Diving & Snorkeling in Nicaragua

Despite Nicaragua’s gorgeous shorelines, diving is a pastime only beginning to be developed, with only three shops in the whole country: one in San Juan del Sur and one on each of the Corn Islands. For those interested in snorkeling, it is best off the Corn Islands and some of the Pearl Cays.

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Nicaragua’s Celebrations & Fiestas

When planning your trip to Nicaragua, consider timing your visit to coincide with one of the many celebrations and festivals. Conversely, you might want to avoid festivals and all the fireworks, drunken masses, altered transportation schedules, and spiked hotel prices that they bring. Here are a few times of the year when services are affected by celebrations.

Joshua Berman on Belize

Joshua Berman reveals where to go to view Maya ruins, what to never leave home without, where to stay on a budget, and more.