Fox at Kaminaljuyu

Guatemalan gray fox pup, Urocyon cinereoargenteus guatemalae
Kaminaljuyu archaeological site, Guatemala City, Guatemala

Taken the morning after the end of the world, December 22nd, 2012. There were two of these guys, living in a concrete drainpipe built into the side of an unexcavated temple.

I spent the two weeks leading up to the winter solstice traveling in Guatemala. I visited three different ancient Mayan ruins, at all three of which, with varying degrees of authenticity and government co-opted-ness, modern Maya people were celebrating oxlajuj baktun, the end of a 400 year cycle which began in 1618. I visited a crater lake and a hot springs sacred to both the modern and ancient maya. I saw the oldest church in Central America, erected by the conquered Maya at the behest of Pedro de Alvarado in 1524.

Plus I got my shoes shined.

All this and more in the coming weeks of the new age as I slowly unpack my luggage, brain, notes and memory cards.

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