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Here on the west side of the complex, the bell tower dominates the faηade of the church. The latter is fairly simple in design but equipped with double curved arches, one above the other, delimited on their sides by bold, faux pillars, topped by a pediment. In its day, it may well have been covered with stucco.

We left Tecpatαn at about 13:40 hours heading west toward Raudales/Malpaso. Officially, this may not have been a part of La Ruta Zoque, but I added it on. The distance looked insignificant on the map - 48 kilometres, following along to the north of the Grijalva River. Unfortunately, the road was very difficult. While paved, it suffered numerous defects: (1) there was no signage (should we go left here, or right?); (2) some sections of the road had collapsed down its supporting slopes, reducing it to one lane or less; (3) in one instance, without notice, a huge tree had become uprooted and completely blocked the route. Octavio was amazing - he got us to Raudales at 15:50 hours.

I had wanted to see and photograph the petroglyph of Netzahualcσyotl at the dam, and indeed we managed that as stop 6 on La Ruta Zoque. I uploaded the effort to TrekEarth in December of 2013 and you may see it here. Then it was the return trip to Tuxtla Gutierrez, about 79 kilometres over very good highway.

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Additional Photos by Ken Boulter (Sardonik) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 957] (1979)
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