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Archaeological Adventure on the Caribbean

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Archaeological Adventure on the Caribbean

story by: Mike Williams

In between cocktails and sunbathing on a Caribbean cruise or resort holiday, don’t forget that you can channel your inner Indiana Jones and go on an archaeological adventure. You can probably leave your cowboy hat and bullwhip at home though; just be sure to take some good walking shoes.

Holidays in the Western Caribbean, in particular, are rich in potential archaeological adventures because of the various ancient Mayan sites in the region. Don’t hold the fact that the world didn't end in 2012 against them; the Mayan’s true legacy is their fascinating heritage of art, architecture, mathematics and astronomy. Besides, as any Mayan tour guide will tell you, the whole 21 December 2012 thing was just a big misunderstanding.

Many Western Caribbean Cruises brush against the north eastern coast of Central America, so excursions to Chichen Itza from Cancun are popular, as are tours to Xunantunich or Tikal from Belize City. Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador also provide opportunities to explore the Mayan culture.

While not as ancient as some of Western Caribbean archaeological sites, other islands in the Caribbean have a rich history of their own. For example, the Caparra Archaeological Site at Guaynabo hosts the remains of the first capital of Puerto Rico in the 15th century. Further east, the island of St Kitts is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Brimstone Hill Fortress, established by the British in the 17th century.  Also in the Eastern Caribbean, the Annaberg sugar plantation ruins on Saint John Island in the U.S.  Virgin Islands are also deep in history.

Wherever you go, there are opportunities to peel yourself off the beach towel and do some exploring; at the very least you’ll get some cool pictures to take home.

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