We went to El Pilar last weekend. It was pretty cool, but not as interesting as Lamanai. I’m not feeling particularly inspired in the writing department this morning. So I’ll just paste a good article about it out of the Guatemala Times. Here’s a snipet:

El Pilar Archaeological Reserve for Maya Flora and Fauna
Saturday, 02 May 2009
by Anabel Ford   

Imagine how Frederick Catherwood and John Lloyd Stephens must have felt upon seeing the vine wrapped, overgrown, abandoned cities and temples of the ancient Maya in their expeditions of the 1830s and 40s. Re-discovered only 25 years ago, the unique Maya site El Pilar on the border of Guatemala and Belize offers that same experience: the monuments are still embraced by the forest, showcasing the Maya foliage as much as the Maya city itself. The style of presentation practiced at El Pilar is called “Archaeology Under the Canopy,” where the ancient monuments are protected by the forest that envelops them.

Partially uncovered ruin at El Pilar

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