Journey to Belize: Tikal Part 1

Journey to Belize: Tikal Part 1

The Jaguar

This post continues the retelling of my recent trip to Belize, participating in an archaeology field school and learning about jaguar conservation. More specifically, it details a brief side-trip to Guatemala. The rest of this series is located in the Travel category of this blog.

The North Acropolis at Tikal, viewed from on top of Temple II.

On the morning of June 16, 2017, I awoke in Flores with a start. My first night back in ‘civilization’ had not been restful, haunted by the knowledge that I must eventually return to Northern California. Fortunately, the day was about to improve dramatically. We were going to Tikal.

Tikal is one of the greatest archaeological sites in the Americas. Encompassing 57,600 hectares, Tikal is the largest excavated site in the New World (UNESCO, 2018; Ecotourism & Adventure Specialists, 2015). It was initially settled by the Maya in 800 or…

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5 Tips for Hiking in the Vegas Desert

5 Tips for Hiking in the Vegas Desert

It’s not for the faint of heart.

Alexis Chateau PR

In 5 Must-See Attractions in Vegas, we mentioned the trials we faced hiking Red Rock Canyon. In spite of this, we tackled Lone Mountain the very next day.

What did we learn on these two hiking trips? Let’s just say that hiking in the Vegas desert is not for novices. The risks include dehydration, lethal falls, twisted ankles, cacti, and rattlesnakes.

But once you do it, you’ll realize the risks are all worth it, if you stay safe. So how do you stay safe in the Vegas desert? Here are five tips to ensure you make it out alive.

1. Check the Trail Maps

2 Lone Mountain Vegas.jpg View from Part Way Up Lone Mountain

We’ve gone hiking in Georgia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Iowa, South Carolina, New York, and now Nevada. On all trails we’ve visited, the trails are clearly marked, and usually color coded. In Vegas, may the force be with you.

From up high…

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5 Must-See Attractions in Vegas

5 Must-See Attractions in Vegas

We had a blast hanging out with our Junior Editor in Vegas.

Alexis Chateau PR

In late November of 2016, we struck a partnership deal with an indie travel service. We then kicked off 2017 by preparing for the launch of our very own in-house travel agency.

We then scheduled beta testing of our travel services for January 28, 2017. On January 27, 2017, the first travel ban was signed into effect. By February, a second had followed. These events compelled us to postpone all travel-related plans at the firm.

However, after closely monitoring the sociopolitical landscape for two months, we decided to resume beta testing of our domestic travel services.

For our flagship test trip, we sent Founder & Managing Director, Alexis Chateau, to Vegas for a 5-day trip. She later returned with a full report on the must-see attractions in Las Vegas. Here are our top five from that list.

Bellagio

Las Vegas is a pricey city, but you can keep travel costs low if you know…

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Hiking Cowles Mountain And Pyles Peak

Hiking Cowles Mountain And Pyles Peak

Trail to Peak

At 1,592ft, Cowles Mountain is the highest peak in the city of San Diego. The hike to the summit of Cowles is possibly the most popular hiking route in all of San Diego County, which makes an early start a requirement for weekend outings. Hiking to the nearby Pyles Peak is far less popular, and the perfect addition to a hike up Cowles.

Hiking Cowles Mountain And Pyles Peak In Mission Trails Regional Park


Directions And GPS Tracks:

Hiking Cowles Mountain And Pyles Peak In Mission Trails Regional Park Street Parking


Key Points:

  • Distance: 6 miles (3 miles if only hiking to Cowles Mountain)
  • Elevation Gain: 1854 ft
  • Minimum Elevation: 668 ft
  • Maximum Elevation: 1592 ft
  • Time: 2-4 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Dog Friendly: Yes, on leash
  • Permit Required:

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