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Everyone in Boquete knows that Pipeline Trail is the best place to spot resplendent quetzals–those glorious, almost mythical trogons with bright-red breasts and long feather-boa tails. We couldn’t see them, but their loud, clear voices told me that they were nearby. I imagined the fantastical creatures perched high in the trees around us, delighting in their innate ability to hide.

Port of Call: Belize City

Chances are, the world won’t end in December, and neither will the interest in the Maya’s culture. Belize boasts one of the greatest concentrations of excavated Maya sites of any Central American country, so cruise passengers who tender into Belize City have their pick of ruins to explore (in addition to fabulous wildlife, natural wonderlands, and tasty local treats).

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Tabasco in the Age of Maya

It may be the end of one calendar era, but the people are still hungry. Tabasco has served as a crossroads for cultures and cuisine ever since the Olmec civilization advanced astronomy, calendar keeping, and other scientific activities that paved the way for the Maya reign. (Photograph by Monica Muller, Flickr)

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The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups.

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups. Photograph by Chris White, Flickr.

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The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups. Photograph by Marie Nadsady, My Shot

Halfway up a mountain in northern Nicaragua, between the steep streets of Matagalpa and the deep valley of Jinotega, lies a 1,500-acre organic coffee farm called Selva Negra. It’s a place where the trees hang heavy with giant lemons, papayas, and passion fruit. Roosters crow, hawks ride the breeze over the hills, hummingbirds flit, and the cows are milked by hand every morning. Oh yeah, and the shade-grown coffee tastes like chocolate.

And now, Part II of Andrew Evans’s harrowing and somewhat remarkable border crossing. Click here for Part I. Kids, don’t try this at home. You should never ever hitchhike. It’s really dangerous because, really, who knows what could happen? What could happen is it might be 10 p.m. and you’re standing on the Costa Rican…

Announcing: Bus2Antarctica

It’s been a big year for our contributing editor Andrew Evans. He’s helped us learn how to track lions in Africa, he’s smuggled home lobsters from Maine, and he made his foray into reality television. But on January 1, 2010, he’s going to embark on a real adventure. We’ll let him explain the details… I…

For the past year, Rainer Jenss and his family have been traveling around the world and blogging about their experiences for us at Intelligent Travel. This post marks the last dispatch from their journey, and the end to an incredible year. You can see where they’ve traveled by going back through the archive of their…

Rainer Jenss and his family are wrapping up the final stops of their around-the-world journey, and they’re blogging about their experiences for us at Intelligent Travel. Keep up with the Jensses by bookmarking their posts, and follow the boys’ Global Bros blog at National Geographic Kids. Most travelers have probably heard the expression, “It’s not…

Rainer Jenss and his family are wrapping up the final weeks of their around-the-world journey, and they’re blogging about their experiences for us at Intelligent Travel. Keep up with the Jensses by bookmarking their posts, and follow the boys’ Global Bros blog at National Geographic Kids. Of all the things we’ve experienced over the course…

Jenss Family Travels: Costa Rica

Rainer Jenss and his family are currently on an around-the-world journey, and they’re blogging about their experiences for us at Intelligent Travel. Keep up with the Jensses by bookmarking their posts, and follow the boys’ Global Bros blog at National Geographic Kids. When our TACA flight from Lima finally touched down in the capital city…

For years, El Salvador has gotten a bad rap. Not that civil war has anything to do with it, but every country deserves a second chance, right? According to recently launched campaign, EcoExperiencias El Salvador, the country offers a truly off-the-beaten-path look at Central America. Guests can explore the many museums and restaurants of San…

Hunter Braithwaite finds more that great surf along the Costa Rican coastline. Costa Rican roads are a cruel joke played on Americans, I thought, teary-eyed, as I clutched my forehead, which had just bounced off the windshield of our rented SUV. Why did this happen? What did we swerve to miss? Oh, the usual –…

On a wet, dreary night in March last year I got a phone call from my parents. They were having dinner on the beach in Cabarete, a small Caribbean beach village on the northern shore of the Dominican Republic. I could barely hear my mom over the voices and music in the background. “You would…

Preserving Baja’s Coastal Treasures

Jim Conaway’s feature in this month’s issue, “Is Baja on the Block?” looks at how the spread of tourism and development is threatening the integrity of Baja California in Mexico. Here, he introduces some of the people trying to help sustain the marine heritage of the region. Peter Patterson looks more like an American teenager…

Wallace J. Nichols (right) and Jeffrey Seminoff release an adult female hawksbill sea turtle with a satellite transmitter in El Salvador While fact-checking an upcoming story on the pros and cons of development in Baja California, Senior Researcher Meg Weaver stumbled upon the story of Adelita, a loggerhead turtle who migrated nearly 7,500 miles from…

Authentically Tico: Lizano Sauce

Senior Researcher Meg Weaver offers another dispatch from her trip to steamy Costa Rica… Before I left on my honeymoon, my pal asked me to bring her back a bottle of Lizano Sauce. “Sure,” I replied naively, “but what’s that?” In response, she launched rhapsodically about the condiment she savored during her time counting turtle…

Drink Up

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This week the winner of Nicaragua‘s National Drink Contest will be announced at a gala reception at Managua’s Hotel Real InterContinental. The contest invited all Nicaraguan residents, from professional bartenders to amateur barflies, to submit recipes for cocktails involving rum (competition-sponsor Flor de Caña-brand only) that could act as the country’s alcoholic ambassador, along the…