Photographer's Note

This is a shot of Temple 33, situated in the ancient Maya city of Yaxchilán. I believe it's the first piicture of these ruins situated in the middle of the jungle. It was discovered in the early 19th century. Yaxchilan means Green Stones in Maya.

Yaxchilan has always been inaccessible: Until recently, no roads existed within 100 miles. The only ways to get to the site were hundreds of miles by boat, or else by small plane. Since the construction of the Border Highway by the Mexican Government in the early 1990s, it is possible for tourists to visit. To reach the site, it is necessary now only to take an hour long boat ride down the Usumacinta River from Frontera Corozal. The ride takes about 45 minutes and is interesting because the river constitutes teh natural border between Mexico and Guatemala, so you have one country to the left and one country to the right. You can also see animals such as crocodiles.

"Yaxchilan (also sometimes historically referred to by the names Menché and City Lorillard in honor of Pierre Lorillard who contributed to defray the expense of an expedition into the Maya zone) is an ancient Maya city located on the Usumacinta River in what is now the state of Chiapas, Mexico."

Source: Wikipedia

"One of the most important buildings in Yaxchilan is Temple 33. Above the carved steps on Temple 33 is lintel 1, which shows Bird Jaguar at his accession dressed in the full regalia of a Maya king."


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