Book: Temples and Tacos by Valerie Astillcategories: Book, Central America, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Adventure, Aztecs, Mayans, Mexico City, Palenque, Tikal, Oaxaca, Travel Writing
Valerie Astillabout this book: My first book was published in 2009. It was beginning to sell and I was receiving some excellent reviews so I decided to try writing a second book, this time about a holiday that my husband and I took in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. One reader had asked if I would include a map so the route of our journey is shown at the front of this second book.
This was another adventurous trip that started in Mexico City where the nearby volcano, Popocatapetl, began erupting ash while we were there. During our journey, we visited the ancient cities of the Aztecs, Zapotecs, Mixtecs and Mayans and learnt about some of their blood-curdling rituals and customs. We also discovered that, although they no longer cut the hearts out of people while they are alive, the Indians today still believe in the old gods under the guise of Christianity.
Travel through Central America can be quite hazardous and we experienced rockfalls and roads that had been washed away. We were fortunate to be able to access remote sites by air and stayed in a rainforest camp where our bedroom was invaded by coati mundis. We visited village schools in Guatemala and finished our journey in the city of Belize.
The manuscript was submitted to the same publishers, Pneuma Springs Publishing, who were happy to accept it and the book became available in 2011.
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