Photograph by Galen Rowell/CORBIS
The smallest and most densely populated nation in Central America sits at the edge of the Pacific Ocean between Guatemala and Honduras. • Beautiful beaches and a sizzling nightlife top the list of attractions, but serious surfers have begun descending in ever larger numbers. • Unlike some of its neighbors, El Salvador doesnít rely on ecotourism but instead emphasizes its dollar-denominated economy, ease of getting around, and warm, welcoming people.
Off the shores of Costa Rica, scientists study a stronghold of whales that once hovered near extinction.
Enjoy these brightly colored textiles made on looms, virtually identical to those their Maya ancestors used some 1,200 years ago.
The saga of a civilization in three parts: the rise, the monumental splendor, and the collapse.
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