Written by: Chip BrownDeep in the Guatemalan rain forest, an American archaeologist leads efforts to solve the mystery of El Mirador, a 2,500-year-old metropolis that's larger, more impressive and even older than the better-known Tikal
Had we been traveling overland, it would have taken two or three days to get from the end of the road at Carmelita to El Mirador: long hours of punishing heat and drenching rain, of mud and mosquitoes, and the possibility that the jungle novice in our party (that would be me, not the biologists turned phoyograohers Christian Ziegler and Claudio Contreras) might step on a lethat fer-de-lance or do some witless city thing to provoke a jaguar or arouse the ire of the army ants inhabiting the last great swath of subtropical rain forest in Mesoamerica.
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