Casa Batllo (World Heritage Site) - One of 2 houses by Gaudí in Barcelona that can be toured. truly amazing and worth the visit. go in the mornings, before the site gets crowded with architecture students.
Lima -- I remember seeing all of the partially finished houses, with crow-bar sticking up everywhere. It was so ALIVE. I was told they would use their money for braces for the kids or whatever, then continue to build the house when they could... these homes look a bit "nicer" than what I remember...
Mayan gather in front of the Kukulkan Pyramid in Chichen Itza, Mexico, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. A Mexican Indian seer who calls himself Ac Tah, and who has traveled around Mexico erecting small pyramids he calls "neurological circuits," said he holds high hopes for Dec. 21. "We are preparing ourselves to receive a huge magnetic field straight from the center of the galaxy," he said.
Mayan cities: Chichén Itzá (Mexico), Tikal (Guatemala), Caracol (Belize), and Copán (Honduras). The pyramids and stelae are well worth seeing, especially at jungle-shrouded Tikal (above), but here’s the thing: Maya civilization isn’t long gone. Its apogee may have passed, but millions of Maya people and their culture remain alive and well, most vibrantly in Guatemala’s Western Highlands.