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Mexico City, Mexico

Cafebrería El Péndulo

Part bookstore, part cafe, and part forest.
Mexico City, Mexico

Palace of the Inquisition

This foreboding building was the headquarters of the terrifying Spanish Inquisition in Mexico.
Mexico City, Mexico

Skull Rack of the Great Temple

A disquieting Aztec sculpture displays hundreds of stone skulls representing the victims of human sacrifice.
Mexico City, Mexico

Serpents of the Great Temple

These spectacular, symbolic serpents lie within the shadow of the Great Temple.
Mexico City, Mexico

Mercado San Juan

CDMX's home for the world's culinary delights.
Mexico City, Mexico

Monolith of Tlaloc

This colossal ancient sculpture of the monstrous Aztec rain god has a literally stormy history.
Mexico City, Mexico

Mask of the Bat God

This ancient jade mask depicting the Zapotec bat god was found in the ruins of the pyramids of Monte Alban.
Mexico City, Mexico

'Las Razas y La Cultura' Mural

This stunning and ethereal mural symbolizes the beauty, unity, and diversity of humankind.
Mexico City, Mexico

Death Mask of Pakal the Great

The striking jade death mask of an ancient Mayan king is displayed in a replica tomb in Mexico City.
Mexico City, Mexico

Mosaic Votive Skull

The turquoise-studded skull of a long-dead Aztec man sits within Mexico City’s Museum of Anthropology.
Mexico City, Mexico

Coatlicue Statue

Come face to face with the ferocious visage of the serpent-headed mother goddess of the Aztecs.
Mexico City, Mexico

Xochipilli

The most complete statue of this Aztec god sits a top a throne carved with images of hallucinogenic plants.
Mexico City, Mexico

Ocelotl Cuauhxicalli

This colossal ancient jaguar sculpture was used as a vessel for the hearts torn from sacrificial victims.
Mexico City, Mexico

Disk of Death

This strange sculpture of a menacing skull surrounded by sun rays was discovered at the foot of the Pyramid of the Sun.
San Diego, California

Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge

This futuristic bridge is one of the longest self-anchored pedestrian bridges in the world.
El Segundo, California

Old Town Music Hall

The Mighty Wurlitzer organ continues to belt out the tunes at downtown El Segundo's historic home for silent and classic movies.
El Segundo, California

Studio Antiques

Made famous by cable TV, this oddball collection of antiques and collectibles is a cut above the rest.
Culver City, California

The Bhagavad-gita Museum

Dioramas and animatronics lead you through the story of Bhagavad-gita, the Indian literary classic.
San Diego, California

PSA Flight 182 Crash Site

An inconspicuous suburban street corner is the site of San Diego's worst air disaster.
Belize

The Crystal Maiden of the Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave

Belize cave containing the sparkling, calcite covered skeletons of Mayan children, sacrificed to the rain god.
Ambergris Caye, Belize

Shark Ray Alley

This portion of a lovely Belize beach is infested with (harmless) sharks and rays.
La Cañada Flintridge, California

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's leading space science lab started by a co-founder with deep ties to the occult.
Johannesburg, California

Randsburg

The liveliest ghost town in the state.
Bishop, California

Erick Schat's Bakkerÿ

A charming desert roadside bakery that produces 10 times more bread daily than it has residents in its town.