For Profit and Pleasure

"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not." Ralph Waldo Emmerson, 1803-1882 (writer, orator, philosopher)

Curiosity has led us to explore every inch of the globe. Exploration leads to contact between peoples. Contact provides opportunities for travel, trade and the exchange of ideas. Tourism is a global business and many countries depend upon it. Some cultures have been able to adapt and survive, whilst others have lost their traditions and identity.

The magnificent Mayan city-state of Tikal, for example, was abandoned 1000 years ago. Reclaimed by the jungle, it inspired many explorers and writers. Now it is a major tourist site in Guatemala.

Tikal site in Guatemala

In Guatemala, unsold woven blouses are often turned into cushion covers for the hotel industry. Many people rely on tourism as a means of making a living.

Unsold huipils made into cushions

The Maya, who live in many parts of Central America, are no longer the rulers of great city-states, but they survive today as a people living in the poor areas of modern nations.