Central America - SouthoftheBorder travel blog

The Locals Travel This Way! WE One the Other Hand Are in...

Indiginous Women in Traditional Dress

For Those Not Knowing...This is a TukTuk! Common Form of 3rd World...

Indiginous Women in Traditional Dress Using Their Heads

Close up Of Indigenous Women in Traditional Dress

Going to Market!

Stone Alter on Sugar Plantation Grounds...Olmec? Near Santa Lucia

Big Olmec Head Buried Near Alter...Now Much Deeper and Nose Broken When...

Better View of Head Very Much a Pilgrimage Site...Note Offerings

Clearer Shot of Head...See Cigar Offering!

Closeup of Broken Nose

Private Museum At Sugar Plantation - Sign Telling About Sculptures

More Signage at Museum Describing Sculptures

One of Giant Sculptures...This a Jaguar

Side View of Jaguar Sculpture

Incredible Monkey & Skeleton Mask Sculptures

Smiling, Toothy Grin Sculpture

Headless Sculpture...Interesting Crossed Arms Reminds One of Egyptian

Another Toothy Grin

Still More Sculptures - Sugar Plantation Museum

And More Sculptures

And More Sculptures All From Very Large Stone Blocks

And More Sculptures, Not All Very Large

This One Made to Fit into A Wall

A Fish

Lots of Variety in These Sculptures

And More Sculptures Many From Very Large Stone Blocks

And More Sculptures Many From Very Large Stone Blocks - This is...

This One Made to Fit into A Wall

This One Made to Fit into A Wall

Description of Next Sculpture

Note Matched Set...They Liked Balance in Constructions

And More Sculptures Many From Very Large Stone Blocks

Previous Head Description

And More Sculptures

Next Sculpture Description

Stellae Too

Egyptian Look to Some

Description of Previous Sculpture

And More Sculptures

The Remains of The Sugar Mill - No Longer Functioning - Across...

Largest Sculpture Found - Several Tons

Closeup of Largest Sculpture Found

Nearby Museum - Large Stellae

Inside Nearby Museum - Santa Lucia - Interpretation of Ball Game

Inside Nearby Museum - Santa Lucia - Artifacts Found Nearby in Fields

Inside Nearby Museum - Santa Lucia - Artifacts Found Nearby in Fields

Inside Nearby Museum - Santa Lucia - Artifacts Found Nearby in Fields

Inside Nearby Museum - Santa Lucia - Artifacts Found Nearby in Fields

Inside Nearby Museum - Santa Lucia - Artifacts Found Nearby in Fields,...

Inside Nearby Museum - Santa Lucia - Artifacts Found Nearby in Fields,...

Inside Nearby Museum - Santa Lucia - Artifacts Found Nearby in Fields

Picture of Huge Reproduction of Rock Found in Field Near Here

Actual Rock Repro in Museum

Closeup of Sculpture

Very Asian Looking Sculpture in Museum

Strange Bowl With Dragon/Jaguar Face in It


Folks at Hotel were very helpful...told us to go to Santiago by boat first, then catch the bus to Santa Lucia...which we did. Left at 9:15 and arr at 2pm checked into Hotel International. It was quite amazing how fast the temp and humidity change, in a matter of 1-2 km it went from coolish, mtn air to hot, humid air. The mtns around lake Atitlan look very forested, as if pristine almost from a distance but having travelled by bus thru them the story is quite different. Most of the trees standing are there (planted?) to shade the coffee plants, and they regularly cut them back for the wood (cooking fires). Also, many fields of corn planted here and there among the trees. Once we arrived down at lower elevation the agriculture took a dramatic shift to huge ranches raising cattle/cows(milk?) and sugar cane. We saw many tractor trailer trucks hauling cane piled high to the mill(s).

After getting settled we decided due to the cost of the ON (140q=$17 US for a dbl-not as nice as in San Pedro either) and also the ancient sites we came to see are far apart so we are hiring a car to take us...$25 US! Some confusion in getting to the sites ends up causing us to miss one but the three we see are enuf to give us a good idea of the Olmec past represented (or perhaps back even before 2500 bc!?). See pics.

El Baul Site

Bilbao Site

Since we are splurging already and haven´t eaten, we have our driver drop us at Restaurant Costa Linda near the hotel which is a bit pricey but the food was good and filling.

Tomorrow we head for El Democracia for a visit to their museum and then onward same day...



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