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Best Life-Changing Trips 2010

Overseas Adventure Travel

Penny Carver

Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, & Honduras: Unraveling the Maya’s Mysteries

The Operator: Overseas Adventure Travel

The Highlights: A four-country tour of pre-Columbian history and culture includes stops at Mayan sites Copán and Lamanai, plus a spine-tingling sunrise hike to Tikal outside of visiting hours. You’ll interact with locals at area markets that most tourists don’t see, zipline over Lake Atitlán, and fly a giant Guatemalan kite, a multihued construction handmade from tissue paper and flown to honor the dead. May 30; from $2,495 for 14 days, including airfare. —Peter Frank

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