Tikal My Fancy

Tikal, Guatemala

Tikal, Guatemala

My first postcard, and boy is it a great one, from Guatemala was sent to me by Alejandra. Tikal is one of the largest archaeological sites of the Mayans… Kidding Monica, I am kidding. MAYA. Tikal is situated in the Tikal National Park in Guatemala and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. Definitely deserves that title in my humble opinion. Tikal was the capital of one of the most powerful Maya kingdoms and dominated the region economically, politically and militarily between 200 BC and 900 AD. The name, Tikal, is from the Yucatec Maya language and means “at the waterhole.” This was not the original name though, but the name given to it upon its discovery in the 1840s. The original name of the city was in fact Yax Mutal, which means “first Mutal.” I guess one would have to know what a mutal is in order to understand even that name though. It is estimated that Tikal had a population of between 10 000 and 90 000 people. Either way, it sure did seem like a great city, considering the time. Thank you Alejandra, what a brilliant piece of history is encapsulated into this postcard!

A Long Time Coming

Alegria Lagoon, El Salvador

Alegria Lagoon, El Salvador

This beautiful postcard sure took its time to reach me. It was sent on 24 March 2013 and only reached me on 10 October 2013. Judging by the multitude of bends and the shape, it sure had a journey on its way here. It was sent to me by William and shows the Alegria Lagoon or as it is called in Spanish, Laguna de Alegria. The lagoon is located on the Tecapa volcano, which is about 26 kilometers from Unsulutan. Too my dismay though, not much information is available on the lagoon in the English language. So this is basically what you need to know: Pretty. Water. El Salvador. Alegria. Go see it. That’s it folks! Thank you for the beautiful postcard William!

Spewing Fire

Arenal Vocano, Costa Rica

Arenal Vocano, Costa Rica

This awesome postcard comes to me all the way from Esteban in Costa Rica. Arenal Volcano is located about 90 km Northwest of San José, the capital of Costa Rica. It reaches a height of 1633 meters, which is quite impressive and is considered “young” at an age of 7500 years. The volcano was considered dormant for hundreds of years. As can be seen from this picture, it’s not all that dormant anymore. In 1968 it erupted unexpectedly, destroying the town of Tabacón but has not been so angry of late, as no explosions were reported over a 2 year period from 2010 to 2012. Another way to describe this volcano would be calling it a cash cow. It has been one of the most popular tourist destinations in Costa Rica for several years, by giving tourists the opportunity to see lava running down the volcano and hearing the eruptions from afar. That must be really awesome! Thank you Esteban for an awesome postcard!