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Bird-Watcher’s Paradise: Boquete

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).

The Radar: Legend of Mljet, China’s Big Buddha, Extended-Stay Central America

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 Grant Bishop, Flickr.

The Radar: Underworld Maya, Terrifying Bridges, Find Your Adventurous Spirit

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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)

The Radar: Best of Norway, Cancun for Locals, Top 7 World Markets

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The Radar: Offbeat London, Authentic Mexican Cuisine, The New Generation of Travel

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.

The Radar: Best of Vienna, Money Saving Tips, Volunteer Vacations

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Carbon Negative Coffee in Nicaragua

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.

Bus2Antarctica: The Singing Truck Driver

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…

Jenss Family Travels: Journey’s End

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…