Guatemala: The trip

This is an area that, someday, must accommodate thousands of tourists a year if it is to realize its potential as an economic engine for the Peten region.

Paco went missing. On the first of two days of walking, on Monday, I was enjoying a series of mini botany and archeology lectures from Paulino, the archaeologist we'd nicknamed "The Philosopher." He was pointing out the differences between the ceiba and the ramon tree along the 47-mile, two-day walk to the ancient Maya site of El Mirador and the talk was so fascinating that we both neglected to realize that not only had we fallen 10 minutes behind the rest of the group ...

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