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Postcards Page One

Here is a few of the six-inch high stack of postcards that we acquired during the trip.

Copan's Plaza of the Stelas - you can see at least three stelas (one is protected by a new roof) and various other sculptures surrounding Structure Number 4.
(photo by Juan Bendeck.)


The quetzal (national bird of Guatemala). Note the beautiful green tail that is almost twice as long as the bird itself. The only quetzal we saw was a stuffed one in a museum.
(photo by Thor Janson)
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Temple II (The Temple of the Masks) at Tikal. Temple III is in the background.
(photo by Daniel Hernandez Salazar)


Palace buildings surround Temple I at Tikal (seen from the side).
(photo by Allan Quetzales Arriola.)


Temple IV at Tikal is buried under a hill of dirt, covered by trees and bushes. Only the top part is excavated, shown here with several people near its roof comb.
(photo by Thor Janson)


Aerial view of Tulum, showing its layout and blue water.
(photo by Luiz Gomez C.)


The Pyramid of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza was built over an existing pyramid. You can climb a cramped interior stairway to visit a room belonging to this hidden pyramid, where you'll see a jade chacmool (see the Travel Journal for a photo), and this jaguar throne. No flash is allowed in this room, so it's hard to take a photo of this quality.
(photo by Carlos Camal)


The Temple of the Warriors at Chichen Itza is a part of the Temple of 1000 columns, and has Toltec influences. This is the view from the top of the nearby El Castillo (The Pyramid of Kukulcan).
(photo by Carlos Camal)


Templo de las Monjas at Chichen Itza. Note the six large Chac (the rain god) masks facing you, and the six visible on the building corners. One on the far right still retains its elephant-like nose. The building shows a Puuc architectural influence.
(photo by Luis F. Pineyro)