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Maya Tradition is Alive in Riviera Maya

Maya Tradition is Alive in Riviera Maya

Thankfully, there are many efforts underway to bring greater exposure and understanding to the Maya culture — a living, breathing culture that, even to this day, includes people maintaining a traditional lifestyle.

Making the Most of Rainy Days in Jamaica

Making the Most of Rainy Days in Jamaica

On a recent trip to Jamaica, I was looking forward to the traditional sun, sand and surf experience for which the Caribbean is known. Soon after I arrived, however, it started to rain — and it did not stop. The storm was so forceful that the thunder was setting off car alarms in the parking lot of a restaurant where I stopped for lunch. So, needless to say, there was no beach for me.

Flag Throwing Is An Art in Switzerland

Flag Throwing Is An Art in Switzerland

I got to experience Bern's old-world charm firsthand on a recent tour of the historical city, when I was introduced to the Swiss tradition of flag throwing. The custom was traditionally practiced by urban guilds, starting in the Middle Ages. Nowadays, flag throwing usually takes place at folklore festivals, and is comprised of a series of up to 99 different regulated swings of the flag.

The Sweet Taste of Colonial Costa Rica

The Sweet Taste of Colonial Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s El Viejo Wetlands set up a 5,000-acre sanctuary for native wildlife species in the tropical dry forest, where visitors can take tours of one of Costa Rica’s most unique ecosystems. On a morning riverboat tour of the area, I was lucky enough to see howler monkeys, crocodiles, giant iguanas and too many species of birds to try and recount.

Finding the Mediterranean in Switzerland

Finding the Mediterranean in Switzerland

For most people, the first images that come to mind when picturing Switzerland are snow-covered Alps or sloping green hillsides dotted with farms. So imagine my surprise at entering Ticino — Switzerland’s southernmost canton, on the border of Italy — and learning that this Alpine country is also home to a Mediterranean-style oasis.