Traveling to Chiapas: Natural treasures and exotic denizens in Mexico
I reached the top of the stone stairs and stood at the base of Yaxchilan's palace overlooking the rest of the ancient archeological site. Reaching Yaxchilan requires a 40-minute boat ride from Frontera Corazol down the Usumacinta River, which flows between Chiapas, Mexico and Guatamala.
Built sometime between 250 and 900 AD, the site is as impressive as any of its more famous contemporaries, yet my companions and I had it all to ourselves. I heard only the sound of the river, the crash of monkeys passing through the towering trees overhead, and the calls of birds.
I’m not even a birder, but found seeing the exotic denizens of Chiapas a thrill. And see them I did, thanks to guides who’ve lived here all their lives and recently received thorough training in guiding and English bird names.