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My Trip to Yaxchilán - the Ancient Ruins of Mexico and Guatemala in 2001 by Phil Konstantin - Picture Page 17

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This page has pictures of Yaxchilán on the banks of the Usumacinta River, which seperates Mexico from Guatemala. I rode in a very long, narrow boat on what was a legitimate jungle cruise. From the small village of Frontera Corozal, it was a 45 minute boat ride to Yaxchilán. The return trip is about 1 hour because you are going upriver.



Someone provided me these two pictures which show one of the boats and one of the pilots.

The boats are very narrow and long.


The pilots on all three of the boats I was on were about this age.




The Guatemala side of the river.


The Mexican side of the river.




The following pictures are of Yaxchilán.


Yaxchilan

Yaxchilan

Yaxchilan

Yaxchilan






Structures 76, 77



Yes, this is a Bat hanging from the roof inside on of the buidings called the Labyrinth or the Maze. There were about two dozen of them in here. I only had a small flashlight. Later, while still inside the Labyrinth, someone yelled: "Lookout!" While looking to one side, I almost walked into a spider the size of my fist. Indiana Jones, eat your heart out.




Structure 19


Per Wikipedia: "Structure 19 is also known as the Labyrinth. It lies at the western edge of the Central Acropolis. The structure is a temple with rooms spread over three levels, linked by interior stairways. The temple facade has four doorways, with three doorway-sized niches between them. Two sculptured altars are located in front of the structure, which still has the remains of a perforated roof comb."


This is one of the monkeys who live in the trees over the Yaxchilan ruins.






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