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Sunlight beams into the Cenote (Flickr/soyignatius)
Dzitnup, Mexico

Cenote Xkeken

These azure waters were thought to lead to the Mayan Underworld.
20.6617, -88.2435
Chichen Itza, Mexico

El Caracol - The Observatory of Chichen Itza

No telescopes, no power, no gift shop—one of the world's oldest observatories takes astronomy back to basics.
20.6802, -88.5707
View from the Temple of the Cross
Palenque, Mexico

Palenque

An elaborate Mayan city shrouded in alien conspiracy revealed the tomb of Pacal the Great.
17.4876, -92.0428
Stone blocks laid with no mortar make up a good portion of the ruins at Lubaantun.
Dump, Belize

Lubaantun Archeological Reserve

A devastated ruin in the south of Belize where British explorers claimed to unearth the Mitchell-Hedges Crystal Skull.
16.2811, -88.9650
Prerequisite boat ride to Yaxchilan site. Guatemala on the right bank, Mexico on left.
Champa, Mexico

Yaxchilan

The ruins of an ancient Mayan city, beautifully preserved and only accessible by boat.
16.8956, -90.9660
View from the top of the Great Pyramid (Structure II) – 2 unexcavated pyramids seen in the distance
Mexico

Calakmul

A hidden treasure of an abandoned city lies deep in the jungles of Campeche, Mexico.
18.1146, -89.8086
Mexico City, Mexico

Chapultepec Castle

The only castle in North America to ever house actual sovereigns.
19.4204, -99.1819
A canopied entrance to the once luxurious hotel (Flickr/oladybug0)
San Blas, Mexico

Playa Hermosa

A wild Hollywood resort thwarted by mosquitoes.
21.5261, -105.2787
Janitzio, Mexico

Statue of José Maria Morelos

Climb through the life of a Mexican hero as you ascend a 130-foot statue.
19.5745, -101.6513
Las Pozas
Xilitla, Mexico

Las Pozas

Extraordinary sculpture garden created by an eccentric English poet.
21.3967, -98.9967
Lookin' into the big hole
Huehuetlán, Mexico

Cave of Swallows - Sótano de las Golondrinas

The largest cave shaft in the world, home to thousands of birds, and popular with BASE jumpers.
21.5997, -99.0989
Zacatecas, Mexico

Hotel Quinta Real

Hotel designed around a 16th century Mexican bullring.
22.7686, -102.5784
The proud legacy of Don Juan Ponce de Leon.
St. Augustine, Florida

The Fountain of Youth

A tribute to Ponce de Leon's supposed quest for eternal youth.
29.9068, -81.3149
Li Grand Zombi
New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans' Historic Voodoo Museum

A snapshot of the "real" history of New Orleans.
29.9598, -90.0639
Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop
New Orleans, Louisiana

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop

The oldest structure used as a bar in the United States.
29.9606, -90.0639
Key West, Florida

Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society and Museum

The museum chronicling a treasure hunter's dream, fulfilled.
24.5579, -81.8064
The San Francisco Cable Car Museum lives in a beautiful brick building on Masonic street.
San Francisco, California

San Francisco's Cable Car Museum

Not merely a museum – but a whirring powerhouse that offers a subterranean peek into the heart and soul of cable car operations.
37.7945, -122.4114
Joseph Heintz, "Competition on the Ponte dei Pugni in Venice" (1673)
Venice, Italy

Ponte dei Pugni (Bridge of Fists)

100 year tradition of fist fights, marked by marble footsteps.
45.4331, 12.3244
Sunrise over Atitlán.
Guatemala

Lago de Atitlán

Central America's deepest lake is actually a volcanic caldera, surrounded by three volcanoes.
14.7000, -91.2000
Naica, Mexico

Giant Crystals of Naica

A gargantuan crystal kingdom.
27.8517, -105.4979
San Juan Parangaricutiro, Mexico

Viejo San Juan Parangaricutiro

This church, buried halfway in lava rock, is all that remains of a Mexican village destroyed by a volcano.
19.5331, -102.2476
Cappucino, one of the whales adopted by the museum
Friday Harbor, Washington

Whale Museum

Orcas on display and in the water.
48.5358, -123.0172
Interior
Caracas, Venezuela

El Monumento a la Paz

Dr. Farid Mattar's Monument of Peace.
10.4835, -66.8831
Horsetail Falls.
Yosemite National Park, California

Horsetail Fall's Fire Fall

The highest fully airborne waterfall in Yosemite, which for a few minutes on a few days each year, turns a luminescent fiery orange.
37.7291, -119.6285