Welcome to the August 2015 issue of online magazine Perceptive Travel, the home of great travel stories from book authors and the latest notable travel book and world music reviews.
In the dog days of summer, we're going on vacation and presenting a retrospective of award-winning articles from this year so far.
The Horror Atop Panama's Volcan Baru - Luke Maguire Armstrong
A midnight departure to reach a mountaintop at sunrise takes some unexpected turns.
The Other Side of the Yucatan - Tim Leffel
West of the Caribbean coast vacation factories of Mexico lies a land of mysterious structures, underground pools, and a Mayan world not so dressed up for tourists.
Dance of Betrayal in Nairobi - Camille Cusumano
On a volunteer program to teach tango to poor youths in Kenya, a teacher gets schooled in the ways of systemic poverty and corruption.
World Music Reviews - Graham Reid
Exciting rock'n'soul from West Africa to the world, more but different again from the Democratic Republic of Congo and an overlooked collection of Palestinian music.
Painting as Prayer in Greece - James Michael Dorsey
Visiting a reclusive artist near Meteora becomes a spiritual experience when the man draw parallels to the greats from the Renaissance.
A Quest for the Sacred Maya Book - Mary Jo McConahay
Shunning the famous Sunday market favored by pickpockets in Guatemala's famed pre-Columbian trading city, a writer joins a search for a locked-up and hidden replica of "the Maya bible."
A Spanish Death in the Afternoon - Beebe Bahrami
A nice Sunday lunch turns into someone's last meal in Tarragona, Spain.
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