Pasión River Journey to Cancuen – VIDEO

Cancuen sits in a narrow peninsula where the Pasión river sharply bends and first slows down to be navigable by canoe. It’s a huge rich city built at “the head of navigation of the Pasión river,” the beginning of the great river trade route of the Classic Maya world. Due to its strategic economic position as the transfer point between the ancient highland world and the lowland cities, Cancuen became incredibly rich with the largest workshops of the Maya in both jade and obsidian, and one of the largest Classic Maya royal palaces.

In the videos below, join us on an adventurous tour of the dig site, starting with the river boat journey to our camp…

…and traveling through the jungle on the Pasión river, until…

…we reach Cancuen! Did you listen closely? Throughout the videos I explain things from the nature of the ancient city, to living in a camp, to our gun battles with the looters, and our archaeological discoveries. 

And our campsite is more complex and sustainable than you might think…

Stay tuned for more videos where we venture through the rest of the camp, through the jungle, and into the entrance to the palace — and the scene of the great royal mass assassination!

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