|Kirk helps a group of Lacandon Maya move a tree from the road.|
|A portion of the mural in Room 1.|
The second leg of our adventure brought us to the banks of the Usumacinta River, a portion of the border between Mexico and Guatemala. Tucked away in the jungle that lines the violently flowing river is Yaxchilan, a powerful Classic Maya center which experienced its height around AD 650. This site is home to more than 120 structures and large number of remarkable stelae.
|The P3 team riding down the Usumacinta on the way to Yaxchilan.|
Just when we thought that was the highest elevation we would experience, our team leader Kirk French took us to another steep path going higher into the hills. Suddenly emerging from the dense trees was the Templos del Sur, which hold a breathtaking view of the site. At this point we had just a half-hour left until our return boat arrived, so on the way out we stopped by the final part of the site: the Pequeña Acrópolis. Once back at the car, we set off on trek back to Palenque. Due to the cumbersome nature of the roads, the 80 miles that separate these two locations take about three hours to complete.