Journey to Belize: Tikal Part 1

Originally posted on The Jaguar:
This post continues the retelling of my recent trip to Belize, participating in an archaeology field school and learning about jaguar conservation. More specifically, it details a brief side-trip to Guatemala. The rest of this series is located in the Travel category of this blog. The North Acropolis at Tikal,…

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Originally posted on Nocturnal Mom Talks:
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