Author: Ken Lawrence

Visiting Comalcalco Ruins
Mexico

Comalcalco: The Edge of the Mayan World

The overlooked ruins of Comalcalco in Tabasco state are remarkable for a couple of reasons. Not only did they mark the very western edge of the Mayan civilization, but Comalcalco is the only

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Toniná Pyramid
Mexico

Toniná: Exploring the Lost Pyramid City

Overlooking the Valley of Ocosingo in the state of Chiapas is one of Mesoamerica’s largest and most unique structures. The Toniná Pyramid consists of seven tiers, many of which are home to temples, palaces

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Visiting Edzná Ruins
Mexico

Visiting Edzná: The House of the Itzaes

About 50 km southeast of Campeche lies the former mighty city of Edzná, one of Mexico’s most under-appreciated Mayan ruins. Known for its unique five-story pyramid, the site is not only well-preserved, but

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Travel Tips

The Ultimate Ancient Egypt Itinerary

There’s no other destination in the world quite like Egypt. But with thousands of years worth of monuments to see, how does one go about planning a visit? If you’ve been dreaming of

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Visiting Mayapán Ruins
Mexico

Mayapán: The Last of the Great Mayan Cities

Located about 50 km south of Mérida, Mayapán could be considered the last of the great Mayan capitals. But despite its historical importance, the site remains well off the tourist trail. What makes Mayapán unique is

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Things to do in Mérida Paseo de Montejo
Mexico

Mérida: The Ultimate Guide

Mérida is fast becoming one of the Yucatán Peninsula’s most popular destinations for expats and tourists alike. As the nearest city to Mayan sites like Uxmal, the Yucatán capital makes for a great base for day trips.

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Visiting the Tulum Ruins
Mexico

Touring the Unique Seaside Ruins of Tulum

While Tulum may be one of Mexico’s most-visited archaeological sites, it’s hardly the largest or most spectacular. But what makes visiting the Tulum ruins truly special is their stunning seaside setting. Out of all the

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Visiting the Cobá Ruins
Mexico

Visiting the Cobá Ruins and Its Massive Pyramid

Situated 42 km northwest of Tulum, Cobá, known for its towering pyramids, was once the prominent city-state of the eastern Yucatán Peninsula. And today, visiting the Cobá ruins is a must for those basing themselves in

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Subotica Guide
Serbia

Touring the Art Nouveau Architecture of Subotica

Right along the border with Hungary is one of Serbia’s most endearing towns. Subotica has long had more Hungarians than Serbs, and their influence over the area’s architecture remains clear. Many of the remarkable

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Zemun Top Things to Do in Belgrade
Serbia

Top 5 Things to Do in Belgrade

Belgrade, a bustling city with nearly 2 million people, is both the capital of the Republic of Serbia and the largest city in the Balkans. While the city has something for everyone, the

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Jajce Fortress Jajce Guide
Bosnia & Herzegovina

Jajce: The Ultimate Guide

Out of all of Bosnia & Herzegovina’s historic small towns, Jajce is probably the most essential. Not only does it have a well-preserved Old Town and fortress, but it uniquely features a large

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Tunnel of Hope Unique Things to Do in Sarajevo
Bosnia & Herzegovina

Top 5 Unique Things to Do in Sarajevo

Sarajevo, with its eclectic mix of classical architecture and scenic mountain surroundings, is easily the most interesting big city of the Balkans. But as heavy as they may be, some of the most

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Visiting Sarajevo's Abandoned Bobsled Track
Bosnia & Herzegovina

Visiting Sarajevo’s Abandoned Bobsled Track

In 1984, Sarajevo, then part of Yugoslavia, hosted the Winter Olympic Games – widely considered to be a resounding success. Plenty of new infrastructure was built for the event, and Sarajevo seemed to

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Sarajevo Architecture Guide
Bosnia & Herzegovina

Sarajevo Architecture: The Ultimate Guide

As cliché as it may sound, Sarajevo is truly a city where East meets West. Walking around Bosnia & Herzegovina’s bustling capital, you’ll find medieval mosques standing side by side with Central European

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Visiting Blagaj
Bosnia & Herzegovina

Visiting Blagaj, Počitelj & the Kravice Waterfalls

Visiting Blagaj, Počitelj and the Kravice Waterfalls from Mostar is arguably Herzegovina’s most popular day trip – and for good reason. The excursion provides visitors with the perfect blend of history, culture and natural

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Things to Do in Mostar Guide
Bosnia & Herzegovina

Mostar: The Ultimate Guide

Mostar is arguably Bosnia & Herzegovina’s most scenic destination, and its rapidly increasing tourism numbers reflect that. The picturesque Old Town was largely developed in the Ottoman era before suffering heavy damage during

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Trebinje Guide
Bosnia & Herzegovina

A Guide to Trebinje: Exploring East Herzegovina

Situated within the region of Eastern Herzegovina and the political entity of Republika Srpska, Trebinje gets considerably less attention than its neighbors. It feels like a world away from the nearby tourism hotspots

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Kotor Fortress Kotor Guide
Montenegro

Kotor: The Ultimate Guide

If you could only choose one destination to visit in Montenegro, make it Kotor. Nestled between Lovcen Mountain and the fjord-like Bay of Kotor, it’s undoubtedly the country’s most scenic town – and

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Rozafa Castle Shkodër Guide
Albania

Top 5 Things to Do in Shkodër

Shkodër may not have the energy of Tirana, the charm of Korçë, or the seaside views of Vlorë. Nonetheless, as Albania’s second-largest city, there’s plenty to do to warrant a stay of at

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Prizren Guide Kosovo
Kosovo

Prizren: The Mosques & Monuments of Ottoman Kosovo

Prizren, the cultural capital of Ottoman Kosovo during the centuries-long occupation, remains the country’s most atmospheric city. And despite being Kosovo’s second-largest, Prizren is among the best-preserved Ottoman towns in the Balkans. If

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