Exploring “The Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” Exhibit

Basic Information

  • Name: Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed
  • Where: Denver Museum of Nature & Science
  • Cost: $22 adult non-member
  • More Information: Museum website

Picture from Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed

Narrative

My family and I are big fans of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.  We have renewed our membership annually and have checked out every special exhibit they have had over the past three years.  The current special exhibit they have on display is the Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed.  This exhibit provided a really interesting look into the history and culture of the ancient Mayans.  I watched a number of Mayan documentaries on Netflix just to prepare for this visit.  As the below map shows the Maya civilization (250-900 AD) came well before the Aztec civilization and never had any contact with Europeans despite what Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto claimed:

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Volcano Boarding Is New Travel Trend for Adrenaline Junkies

I couldn’t imagine traveling all the way to Central America to board down a volcano:

FORGET snowboarding – volcano boarding is the hot new adrenalin craze among travellers.

Thousands of tourists are reportedly heading to the foothills of Nicaragua’s Cerro Negro mountain to experience the thrill of hurtling down the active volcano at speeds of 68km/h.

Wearing bright orange jump suits, knee-pads and safety goggles, thrillseekers speed down the 725m (2380ft) volcano – known to locals as the “Black Mountain” – on plywood boards.

Created by Bigfoot Hostel and Green Pathways Tours in 2005, owner and manager Phillip Southan says the adrenalin ride has rapidly gained popularity.  [News.com]

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