Salt Lake City Day Hike Inspiration

Get introduced to day hiking around Salt Lake City in this gorgeous video shot by Mike Matson, the author of Moon Take a Hike Salt Lake City: 75 Hikes within Two Hours of the City. We’ll be featuring five of his recommended day hikes, so keep an eye out!

Money Matters: Exchange Rate Update

Money is everyone’s concern, especially when traveling overseas, and getting accustomed to foreign currency, knowing where and when to change it, and calculating what things cost can be challenge even when it’s a country you know well. That’s why paying attention to exchange rates is extremely important.

Documentary to Reveal Underwater Maya City

There is never a dull moment in the world of Maya studies, and documentary filmmakers have been there for some of the most exciting moments. This year, look for the release of “Mayan Blue,” a feature-length documentary film by Standoff Studios about the discovery of a city 50 feet below the surface of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.

When Lightning Strikes

Forget floods and mudslides. What most people don’t know about Brazil is that it’s the country where you’re most likely to be zapped by lightning.

Safety Issues: How Safe is Brazil?

As someone who lives in Brazil, and writes about Brazil, one of the most frequent questions Michael Sommers gets from non-Brazilians is about the safety of the country. The honest answer is that security is an issue, but there are also many precautions that can be taken to avoid crime.

2012, The Beginning Film Trailer

The trailer for 2012, The Beginning includes various Maya and Central American voices in addition to the normal line-up of knowledgeable Western researchers and archaeologists. Is there something special about the year 2012? Is it a time of change?

Indie Film Trailer for GRANITO about Recent Maya History in Guatemala

One cannot visit or explore Guatemala without acknowledging its recent history, specifically the attempted genocide of the Maya people, perpetrated by the government and military. Now, in a new interactive media project and film called GRANITO: Every Memory Matters, director Pamela Yates is connecting that recent past with the present.

Summer of Scam: Beware of Card Cloning

One day in December, Michael Sommers logged on to his Citibank account and was shocked to discover that he had $3 in his checking account and $9 in his savings account. His heart racing, he checked his account activity and saw that there had been six withdrawals, over two days, from a Banco do Brasil, during which all of his money had been extracted. And then it hit him: his card had been cloned.