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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.

Bonampak 1

Bonampak 2

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