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Mexico : Quintana Roo

18.1 km (11.2 miles) WSW of Alfredo V. Bonfil, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Approx. altitude: 14 m (45 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 21°S 93°E

Accuracy: 14.9 km (9.3 mi)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: The rainforest seems impenetrable. #3: One of the many billboards on the way to the Cancun airport near the confluence. #4: GPS reading from smartphone near confluence.

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  21°N 87°W (visit #2) (incomplete) 

#1: Lowland rainforest near the confluence point.

(visited by Joseph Kerski)

15-Jun-2012 -- As I was in the Yucatán Peninsula to explore the wonderful terrain and beaches, I thought a confluence visit would be the perfect capstone. I had already filmed movies such Beaches: Geographic Reflections" and another on the position of the sun at this time of year, near the summer solstice. And given the fact that this confluence point is so close to the Cancún airport, I could not resist an attempt. And therefore, on my last day in the area, I had my opportunity, on the way to the airport. I knew the roads to take, given the modern mapping tools at our disposal these days, and I knew that the area was covered in lowland tropical rainforest. But nothing ventured, nothing gained.

However, I should have known based on the narrative of my valiant colleagues before me, who had slashed their way through the rainforest for hours and hours, that without any water or equipment, it was an impossible task. Standing on the side of the road looking at the trees, I was so close and yet so far, from the goal. I admired those colleagues who came before me, and would have to be content just with standing here. There was no way to get through these trees unaided. One had to admire the settlers here from the Mayans on down through the centuries, somehow building temples, houses, trails, and roads through vegetation like this. I felt very humbled to be here. ¡Qué lástima, pero es el campo magnifico!

Therefore, I continued on to the airport, but I hope to return someday.


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#1: Lowland rainforest near the confluence point.
#2: The rainforest seems impenetrable.
#3: One of the many billboards on the way to the Cancun airport near the confluence.
#4: GPS reading from smartphone near confluence.
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