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:

Unearthing a new building buried in the jungle:

Unveiling the mystery of the Mayan’s disappearance:

And here’s my guide to Guatemala.


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

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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:

My Guatemala Guide

Ever wished you could get a lesson in bargaining?

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Around the world — virtually everywhere outside of North America — negotiable rather than fixed prices are almost always the norm…at markets, and even some stores. These vendors/salesmen are actually shocked when you simply accept a first price! Come along with me to a great street-side market in Guatemala as I show you how to “make a deal, market style”…But next time you are out shopping at a store for big ticket items like a cars or plasma tv, you can also try sneaking in a few of these market tricks to encourage the commission-based salesperson to “sweeten the deal” for you!

My CNN iReport lesson in bargaining:


The world’s most valuable gem is…

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Want to know what it is?

You’ll have to watch the report!

Spa time… Mayan style?

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Everyone is talking about 2012, and the ancient Mayan calender…but do you know how the modern Mayans live?

I went on a tour in Guatemala with Bike Hike Adventures ( and learned a great deal about this fascinating culture!


The Weavers of San Juan, La Laguna, Guatemala

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The best way to get to know any place is to investigate the fabric of its existence, that which weaves it all together.

I did just that when I visited San Juan La Laguna on the shores of Guatemala’s Lake Atitlan. You’ve likely not heard of this quaint little village as it’s far off the tourist’s beaten track. But it’s well worth the hour boat ride from Panajachel to get there.

My destination on this day in San Juan La Laguna was a grassroots weaver’s cooperative called LEMA. This association consists of approximately 25 village women who dye their cottons naturally using plant materials and employ only the most traditional weaving methods. Magicians of sorts, these women also transform old sweaters into incredibly beautiful scarves, shawls and rugs. It’s hardly all serious work though. These women have a lot of fun on the job. In fact, just looking at all of their smiles, you can tell they are in love with their work. And as beautiful as the women’s designs are, it’s the women’s sheer energy that got me all wound up. Literally.

I found San Juan La Laguna to be a rare kind of village. Art, joy and beauty really are the fabrics of everything in this town. Beautiful murals adorn the walls of the town’s proudly clean streets and art galleries are as common as cafes. Happiness radiates here from from every last smile.

I stocked up early for the holiday season for under $100.

It’s not exactly the easiest place to get to but if you have the time, it’s certainly well worth the effort.