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Built on a cliff overlooking the river, the city of Yaxchilán is only accessible by boat. The jungle is actively reclaiming the ruins. I felt that if I stood still for too long, plants would start growing on me!

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It starts with a boat ride. 

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Every time I turned the I corner felt like I was discovering this place myself.

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This would have been a wide open plaza like the ones at Chichén Itzá or Uxmal.

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It all looks peaceful in the photos, but actually the place was buzzing with mosquitoes, the howler monkeys were howling, and spider monkeys were swinging from branches above our heads.

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This building has the original wood beams over the doorways and some of the stucco which covered all the walls at the time-- Over 1000 years ago!

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I love the deep relief on these carvings.  Dwarves held a special place in Mayan society.

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This complex stood at the top of a cliff.  It must have looked very impressive when approaching by river.  Now it's all overgrown with trees.

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So what could the mainly insignificant city of Bonampák have to offer after that? We're going into that building on the right under that metal shelter.

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These frescoes are 1300 years old and still have much of their color. They didn't allow flash photos, and they were about to close for the day, but I got a couple of shots with my phone camera.

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Date: 2012-07-24 06:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clevermanka.livejournal.com
Wow. Just...wow. Thank you for posting all these travel photos. I love them!

Date: 2012-07-24 07:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pamelonian.livejournal.com
I forgot to mention spotting crocodiles on the river bank and the fact that on the boat ride back, the sky opened up and started POURING down rain on us. Half the party had left their rain gear behind after being lulled into a false sense of security with the nice weather we had been having (but I had mine). Many of the most memorable moments never get captured by the camera.

It's nice to know that someone is appreciating what I did manage to photograph.

Date: 2012-07-24 07:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clevermanka.livejournal.com
Many of the most memorable moments never get captured by the camera.

As it should be, really. Who wants to live their life through a viewfinder?

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