Mopan River

The Mopan river at Succotz [January 4, 1998]

The village of Xocotes, only 2 km. from Benque Viejo, is especially picturesque. It is built along the rocky, shaded banks of the Mopan, and a limited quantity of maize, beans, and bananas may be bought here. The road to Xocotes runs along the river, and I often walked thither, since it was so near. The Aztec name xocotl, plural xoxoco, means fruit in general; in this particular case the name refers to the spondia trees (native species of ciruela) frequently occurring here, which, when bare of foliage, are laden with fruit.

Teobert Maler, 1908: 76