BC: Jesse, Ken, Jocelyn Spring 2010
FC: Traversing Latin America By: Kenneth Colarte, Jesse Morrison, and Jocelyn Bash
1: This digital story starts out with Kenneth Colarte, Jesse Morrison, and Jocelyn Bash of Dr. McCullough's ED 217 class. We have decided to travel through Latin America and our current location is El Paso, Texas. It is the border town of Mexico and the United States. The first city we will embark on the other side of the Mexican border is Ciudad Juarez. We don't plan on staying in Juarez long because of it's high volume in drug and gang related violence. It is quite a scary place for tourists due to kidnappings, shootings and robberies from organized criminals.
2: Now the three of us are at the ancient Inca ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru. It is world famous for being a historical sanctuary. It was built by the Incas during the 1400's. In 1572 it was completely abandoned by the Incas, many believe it was because of the Spanish Conquest. It provides revenue for Peru through tourism. Many tourists from all around the world visit the ruins.
3: We now find ourselves at Teotihuacan, Mexico. It is thirty miles northeast of Mexico City. Teotihuacan is an ancient city of the Mayans. It was the first large city with an estimated population of 125,000 during preindustrial times.
4: While in Teotihuacan, we decided to check out the pyramids within. We ventured the Pyramid of the Sun. It was built by the Mayans between 1-250 A.D. Each side is 730 feet in length and it is 200 feet high. It is the largest structure in Teotihuacan. It was used for religious reasons, including sacrifice.
5: Another pyramid lays within the vicinity of Teotihuacan. Counterpart of the Pyramid of the Sun, the Pyramid of the Moon is the second largest structure within Teotihuacan behind the Pyramid of the Sun. It was built between 200-450 A.D. It was built over an existing structure that predated the Pyramid of the Sun. Currently archaeologists are still finding new discoveries within the pyramid.
6: Dia de los Muertos When one travels to Mexico at the end of October and early November they will see the preparations and celebrations that honor the ancestry of the Mexican people. La Ofrendas are the altars that honor the dead. The word means offering in Spanish and the altar is for gifts to the ancestors, rather than for worshiping.
7: Skulls and skeletons are popular symbols of the day. | Families like those to the right, decorate and clean the graves of loved ones for the festival
8: La Ceiba If one would rather travel in May, the third Saturday in May is very lively in La Ceiba, Honduras. This festival starts the week before and can be equated to the United States Mardi Gras celebration. The town triples in size as they celebrate
9: Isidore the Laborer The patron saint of peasants and day laborers. Known for goodness toward poor and animals. This saint can bless the fields and is celebrated in La Ceiba's Carnival.
10: Toro Guaco In the summer, a traveler such as the 3 of us can visit the Toro Guaco which is no ordinary celebration. Visiting these Nicaragua events will transport you to the 1500s, as Nicaraguans engage in mock battles and imitate characters from Spanish folklore. Some of the largest Toro Guaco celebrations in the country take place in Managua in early August, in honor of the patron Saint of Managua, Santiago
11: Compromises most of South America | Worlds eighth largest country | ARGENTINA! ARGENTINA! ARGENTINA! | Has some of the worlds largest mountains, deserts, and waterfalls | Land ranging from remote Southern Patagonia to metropolis Buenos Aires
12: More than one-third of Argentina's population lives in its capital city Buenos Aires. It is very lively with much diversity
13: In Argentina, it's increasingly common for people to direct their prayers to the spirit of the 19th century the "gaucho." Legend has it that Gaucho Gil was a good hearted-outlaw who stole from the rich and gave to the poor.
14: Amazon The Amazon is one of the worlds greatest resources. It produces 20% of the worlds oxygen; therefore, known as the "Lungs of Our Planet". Its name originates from the Amazon River, the life force of the Rain Forest. Covering more than half of Brazil, scientists believe it to contain more than half of the worlds species.
15: Rainforest's house about 50% of the worlds plant and animal species. Colorful and unusual animals dwell in all four areas of the forest. All types of creatures are represented, from large mammals to tiny insects. Plants provide food for the animals as well as take part in the exchange of gases.