Another thing drawing me to central/south America, and beyond Mexico, is a long-standing interest in the ancient cultures of the region - the Maya, the Inca, the Aztec and the Olmec's and so on. If I won the Lottery then my travel plans would be to visit these sites, unlike friends and colleagues who seem to prefer major cities and pristine beaches.
As a result I could not resist this half-quetzal note from Guatemala depicting the Temple of the Jaguar at Tikal on the back and Tecun Uman, one of the last rulers of the Maya, on the front. Does anyone know if the Maya glyph means something specific or is it just used as an example? Languages are not my strong point, google translate?
The currency is named after the Quetzal, the spectacular red and green bird seen flying across the face of the note whose long tail feathers were incorporated into the headdresses of the Aztec and Maya ruling class. As Tecun Uman's spirit guide, and a symbol of Liberty, it features on many notes and coins from post-colonial Guatemala.
I suppose that means I have already drifted south along the coast and have also started my first 'modern' set.