Panama map

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From Blanca 🙂

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Panama

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My first card from Panama comes from Gabi. 🙂

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Panama is the southernmost country of Central America and the whole of North America. Situated on the isthmus connecting North and South America, it is bordered by Costa Rica to the west, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. The capital is Panama City.

Panama has the second largest economy in Central America and it is also the fastest growing economy and the largest per capita consumer in Central America. In 2013, Panama ranked 5th among Latin American countries in terms of the Human Development Index, and 59th in the world. Since 2010, Panama remains as the second most competitive economy in Latin America according to the Global Competitiveness Index from the World Economic Forum. Panama’s jungle is home to an abundance of tropical plants, animals and birds – some of them to be found nowhere else in the world.

Altun Ha, Belize

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My first postcard from Belize comes from Lando from Mexico who went on a trip there. 🙂

Altun Ha is the name given ruins of an ancient Maya city in Belize, located in the Belize District about 50 km north of Belize City and about 10 km west of the shore of the Caribbean Sea. The site covers an area of about 8 km square. The ruins of the ancient structures had their stones reused for residential construction of the agricultural village of Rockstone Pond in modern times, but the ancient site did not come to the attention of archeologists until 1963.

Altun Ha Ruins (Mayan for the “Rockstone Pond”) was a relatively small Mayan community, estimated from 3000-10,000 people but was affluent and important as a strategically located trading and ceremonial center. This site is well know for the discovery of the largest Mayan jade carving ever found. This solid jade head named Kinich Ahau (“The Sun God”) weighs nine pounds. Altun Ha dates back to 600BC and was an active Mayan town until 900AD, the end of the Mayan era.

Honduras map

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My first postcard from Honduras comes from Cesar. 🙂

Honduras is a republic in Central America. It was at times referred to as Spanish Honduras to differentiate it from British Honduras, which became the modern-day state of Belize. The country is bordered to the west by Guatemala, to the southwest by El Salvador, to the southeast by Nicaragua, to the south by the Pacific Ocean at the Gulf of Fonseca, and to the north by the Gulf of Honduras, a large inlet of the Caribbean Sea.

Honduras was home to several important indigenous cultures, most notably the Maya. Much of the country was conquered by Spain which introduced its now predominant language and many of its customs in the sixteenth century. It became independent in 1821 and has been a republic since the end of Spanish rule.

The area of Honduras is about 112,492 km² and the population exceeds eight million. Its northern portions are part of the Western Caribbean Zone. Honduras is most notable for production of minerals, coffee, tropical fruit, sugar cane and recently for exporting clothing to the international market.

Antigua Guatemala

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This card comes from Ale. 🙂

Antigua Guatemala (commonly referred to as just Antigua or la Antigua) is a city in the central highlands of Guatemala famous for its well-preserved Spanish Baroque influenced architecture as well as a number of spectacular ruins of colonial churches. It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Antigua Guatemala means “Ancient Guatemala” and was the third capital of Guatemala. It definitely looks like a must-visit place! 🙂

Pyramid of the Sun and the Moon

e9B7YB71C3QaRJBNK0YHRfXKThis card comes from Maggie. 🙂 Mexico is one of my top 3 “to visit” destinations and Teotihuacan is the first place I’d go to when I have a chance to go to Mexico.

Teotihuacan covers a total surface area of 83 square kilometres and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. It is the most visited archaeological site in Mexico.

The Pyramid of the Sun is the largest building in Teotihuacan and one of the largest in Mesoamerica. Found along the Avenue of the Dead, in between the Pyramid of the Moon and the Ciudadela, and in the shadow of the massive mountain Cerro Gordo, the pyramid is part of a large complex in the heart of the city.

The Pyramid of the Moon is the second largest pyramid in Teotihuacan, Mexico after the Pyramid of the Sun. It is located in the western part of Teotihuacan and mimics the contours of the mountain Cerro Gordo, just north of the site. Some have called it Tenan, which in Nahuatl, means “mother or protective stone.” The Pyramid of the Moon covers a structure older than the Pyramid of the Sun which existed prior to 200 AD.

San JosĂ© – Teatro Nacional

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My first card from Costa Rica comes from Erick. 🙂 It pictures the National Theater.  It is located in the central section of San JosĂ©, Costa Rica. Construction began in 1891, and it opened to the public on 21 October 1897 with a performance of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust. The National Theatre stood as a cultural asset of the country during a time when coffee exports were a source of its success. The building is considered the finest historic building in the capital, and it is known for its exquisite interior which includes its lavish furnishings.

San Jose (“Saint Joseph”, Spanish: San JosĂ©) is the capital of Costa Rica, head of the province of San JosĂ©, and the nation’s largest city. Located in the Central Valley, San JosĂ© is the seat of national government, the focal point of political and economic activity, and the major transportation hub of this Central American nation. The population of San JosĂ© Canton is 288,054, though the metropolitan area stretches beyond the canton limits and comprises a third of the country’s population.

Culturally, the city can be considered almost entirely European influenced, in part because of Spanish immigration soon after Costa Rica’s discovery by Christopher Columbus, and the privileged classes which generally studied in Europe during the nineteenth century and early twentieth century. This can be seen in the architecture of the city, namely theatres, museums and houses in the city centre. It is named in honor of Joseph of Nazareth.