Some of the most intriguing and inspiring locations in all of the Mayan empire are those that haven’t yet been discovered. This arched passage is in Uxmal (oosh-mall), smack-dab in the middle of the jungles of the Yucatan. The structure is referred to as the Dovecote and from the other side of the passage is completely cleared and excavated, revealing the full extent of its elaborate roof comb structure. However, from the side from which this photo was taken, the jungle remains in full, unforgiving force. It crawls all over the back of the Dovecote and relentlessly pulls it down to the vegetation twisted floor. Through the thickets, signs of more ruins lurk and give a haunting sense of mystery. It’s an enlightening and clear look at the realities of the magnificent Maya resiliency, the choking power of the jungle and the limits of our knowledge of it all. We realize how little we actually know and how small we are in the vast Yucatan jungles.

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