Peccaries : Jungle Pigs Of Centro
A peccary (also known as a javelina or a skunk pig) is a medium-sized pig-like hoofed mammal of the family Tayassuidae (New World pigs). Peccaries are found wild throughout Central and South America and in the southwestern area of North America. They usually measure between 3-5 feet in length, and a full-grown adult usually weighs about 50-100 lbs. Herds of peccaries were maintained by the Mayans to be used for both rituals and for food.
Visited in Chapter 60 of The Travelers Within: Into The Unknown
An Excerpt from the Book
“For several minutes, the two men sat watching and laughing at the frolicking furry animals, making up names as they did for some of the more unusual looking specimens. Spot. Ebenezer. Pinocchio. They even found a Jonah, looking morose with a scruff of black hair atop his head, and a chubby Simon sniffing around aimlessly. After the trials of the previous twenty-four hours, it felt good to laugh again, and Simon could feel his muscles finally relaxing.
Then, in a flash, the adorable scene was dashed into chaos…”
From The Author
“Wildlife is truly wild in Central America. My first peccary experience was while camping at a natural spring oasis in Mexico, and was bizarrely frightening in the moment. I’d just set up my tent and was hammering in the stakes with a rock when I heard a chaotic rumbling behind me. I turned back just in time to see about twenty of the wild pigs charging towards me, kicking up a cloud of dust as they went. Dropping the rock, I leaped into my tent and didn’t come out again until the noise had stopped. Eventually peaking my head out, I found a dozen of the little guys nibbling on the shrubbery nearby. Big smiles.”
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The Travelers Within is a travel adventure fiction series following a motley cast of characters on a wild and profound journey through the bizarre locales, unfamiliar cultures, and perilous dangers of the world.
When office worker, Simon, is unexpectedly thrust into the wilds of Central America, he soon learns to trust his instincts, harness his unknown personal strengths and open himself up to the unlikeliest of friendships along the way. Inspired by extraordinary, real locations and remarkable stories from the road, The Travelers Within is a journey beyond all limits.
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The Travelers Within: Into The Unknown
Simon had always followed a typical routine in life. Work, TV, Sleep, Repeat. But when a wild series of events lands him deep in Central America, Simon’s world takes a dramatic turn to the extraordinary. With no previous experience in third world travel, and driven only by a newly ignited lust for life and the need to survive, Simon sets forth on an epic journey through the dangerous mountains of Guatemala, the smuggler’s jungles of Nicaragua, the islands of Honduras and more.
Meeting a wonderful and eclectic cast of characters along the way, Simon eventually links up with Jonah, a young survival expert with a plan as bizarre and terrifying as anything Simon could have ever imagined. Inspired by real places and stories from the road, The Travelers Within is told with intrigue, suspense, humor and insight, capturing a visceral spirit of adventure and bringing out the wanderlust hidden deep within all of us.
“Into The Unknown is an enthralling combination of thriller and travelogue. It’s packed full of incident and exotic scenery, and, as you’re reading, it feels like you’re right there—in every stunning new location, on every new adventure.”
-Sue Paulson, U.K. Readers Digest