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Places of Worship & Ruins

Quirigua: UNESCO Worthy Stelae and Zoomorphs

Quirigua receives a lot less fanfare than Guatemala’s other UNESCO listed ruins, Tikal. The highlights are the zoomorphs and stelae, including the tallest in the world at 10.6 meters! Find out what is carved on each inside.

Tikal: Guatemala’s Must See Maya Ruins

Tikal is different than other Maya ruins nearby. They combine accessibility, partially restored temples, and a jungle environment perfectly. Find out what makes Tikal Guatemala’s must see Maya ruins.

How to Visit Xunantunich Ruins Without a Tour

Xunantunich is an ancient Maya archaeological site located 12 km west of San Ignacio. There’s no need to take a tour – we’ll tell you a bit about everything you need to know right here!

Top 12 Temples in Bagan Archaeological Zone

There are over 4000 temples in Bagan – we’ve reviewed & photographed our favourites to help you decided which ones to visit.

Shwedagon Pagoda: World’s Most Beautiful Temple

Step into the golden light of Shwedagon Pagoda and the heart & soul of Yangon – see why it’s easily one of the most underrated Wonders of the World.

Burmese Buddhism & Lunchtime at Bago Monastery

Observe the lunchtime procession at Kha Khat Wain Kyaung monastery in Bago to gain a better understanding of Burmese Buddhism.

Study Session at Kha Khat Wain Kyaung Monastery

Step inside Kha Khat Wain Kyaung monastery in Bago, where 500 novice monks attend a study session in silence every afternoon – it’s free & open to visitors. This is like nothing you’ve ever seen before!

Visit the Golden Rock on Mount Kyaiktiyo

The Golden Rock on Mount Kyaiktiyo is one of the most divided attractions in Myanmar – people either love it or hate it. We didn’t like it at first… find out how it won us over!

Monte Alban Ruins via Oaxaca City Bus

Monte Alban is one of Mesoamerica’s largest megacities. Learn about the ruins and how to get there without a tour by a local bus from Oaxaca.

San Andres Xecul: Day Trip from Quetzaltenango (Xela)

San Andres Xecul is an easy and cheap day trip from Quetzaltenango (Xela), but should you visit? No! Take a look at our pictures and save yourself some time.

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