My Trilogy of Indiana Jones-ish Discoveries & Adventures in Guatemala

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Guatemala is one of my favorite countries. From volcanoes and beautiful cities such as Antigua to mysteries and adventure, it has it all!!

In an attempt to get to know this fascinating country a bit better, I searched out some local experts, and they helped me  dig deeper into Guatemala’s incredible history.

Here’s a TRILOGY OF VIDEOS I’ve produced as a result:

Uncovering the World’s Most Valuable Gem: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-555314

Unearthing a new building buried in the jungle: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-584728

Unveiling the mystery of the Mayan’s disappearance: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-585260

And here’s my guide to Guatemala.

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Can you pronounce YAXHA?

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The Ancient Mayan World is as captivating as it is puzzling. Across Central America, the remains of  this sophisticated culture can be seen all around, with more being uncovered daily. Yet, its fairly sudden disappearance remains a largely unsolved mystery…

And Guatemala is a Mayan treasure land, with thousands of sites  registered and thousands more still buried in the jungles, yet to be  uncovered.

During a recent trip to Guatemala, I went on a Mayan site tour with Dieter Richter, a Mayan Monument Conservator (in the Peten region).
Dieter, a trained architect who has specialized in the preservation  of Mayan constructions, works tirelessly with his archaeologist and  anthropologist colleagues to uncover and preserve Guatemala’s countless  Mayan treasures.

Together, we toured the incredible site of Yaxha, so that I could learn a bit more about how he and his colleagues are unearthing the Mayan world and solving its countless mysteries.

PS – You truly will be surprised how YAXHA is pronounced!

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-585260

Fingers Crossed that my “Mayan adventures” make it into CNN’s upcoming Indiana Jones homage

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http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-584728

Indiana Jones for a Day in Guatemala

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Famed archaeology professor Indiana Jones is more than simply a  character. Last year, Time Magazine named him the #2 fictional character of all time!

First conceived by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg as a classic action hero, Indiana Jones has grown into a  world-wide brand. A brand that signifies ultimate adventure. Since first  appearing in Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981, this khaki wearing, fudora wearing legend has become the face of theme parks in LA and Tokyo as well as novels, merchandise gallore and several sequels. And this year marks the  30th anniversary of Indiana Jone’s first legendary adventure on the big  screen.

Most young boys, and even most men, dream of calling themselves the ultimate adventurer — and I’ll admit I’m one of those dreamers! While I may not have had to battle with dark forces (like in the movies) on my recent archaeology quest in Guatemala, I did help uncover some outstanding treasures and got a little glimpse into the life of an archaeologist adventurer! In fact, the day I arrived at La Blanca, the site featured in this video, a new discovery had just been made. So, I got in on the action and climbed right into the  excavation dugout with the archaeologists at work…and what we found even solved some of the larger Mayan site’s mysteries!

My adventures start here: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-584728


My Guatemala Guide

The world’s most valuable gem is…

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Want to know what it is?

You’ll have to watch the report!
http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-555314