During my three-month stay in Montepio, Veracruz, doing research for my master's degree in Anthropology, I explored as much as I could of this part of the tropical rainforest of Mexico. Walking in the forest I crossed this shallow part of the Maquina river that ultimately flows into the Gulf of Mexico. At the time of my stay here, there were only a couple hundred inhabitants in the town and its surroundings. Everyone lived near the beach in Montepio, with the densely-forested area forming a backdrop for their homes.
I was fortunate to capture this part of the river when light penetrated the dense forest canopy allowing a clear view of the rocks and leaves on the shallow bottom, and the ripples of the flowing water.
The rivers flowing into the Gulf provided drinking water for man and animals, and a place for washing clothes. It is in this river, closer to the beach, that I learned to beat my clothes clean on a rock, a useful skill for survival in the jungle.