This photo essay traces "the route of the Maya", discovering a civilization that began more than 3,000 years ago and whose descendants still preserve their rich heritage today. The journey travels through four countries, back in time from ancient ruins, to rituals, to rural villages.
Highlights in this section are travels in the highlands of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala:
- Joya de Cerén, remnants of a farming village (from 600 BC) near San Salvador; once buried under volcanic ash
- the pre-Columbian Mayan city of Copán (900 AD) just across the Honduras border.
- market and cemetery of Sololá
- Lake Atitlán encircled by towering volcanoes, and the lakeside town of Panajachel
- across the lake to Santiago for a traditional Mayan church service and the Mayan deity of "Maximon"
© G. Pasternack Photography