Boats on the Uxamacinta

Rio Usumacinta at Corizal Frontera [January 3, 2004]

Yaxchilan is situated in an ox-bow bend of the Usumacinta River, where it regulated commerce in this part of the river -- a portion of a huge circular trade route stretching from the central Mexican highlands to the Atlantic and south to Honduras and El Salvadore.

Even today, visitors to Yaxchilan come by boat.