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Now that you’ve explored the northern Mayan lands of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, it’s time to tackle some of the remarkable ruins left behind by the Mayans in Central America. While Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are separate countries, a glance at a map will show you how these sites once fit neatly into the Mayan world alongside southeastern Mexico.
The Mayan culture that reached its peak in the late first millennium had not only a written language, but also very impressive architecture and well-developed systems of math and astronomy. The cities of the Mayan world stretched across much of what is now southeastern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador.
The Americas are awash in the ruins of ancient civilizations. So if you’re looking for a career break journey with a theme, one option to consider is an “ancient ruins tour of the Americas.” Although some of the Mayan sites on the Yucatan Peninsula are justly famous, they only scratch the surface of the Indian ruins that are scattered throughout Mexico.
Australia is a vast land and a two-week vacation just doesn’t cut it if you’re intent on truly experiencing the place. But a few months during a career break? Now you’re talking. And if you have the time, it’d be a shame to fly from destination to destination and miss the true majesty of the continent. Luckily, Australia has an excellent train system and some of the most famous and breathtaking rail journeys in the world.
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