Maya Roads by Jo McConahay Author Mary Jo McConahay was first inspired to explore the rainforests in Central America during a vacation with her sister in Mexico City when she saw an exhibit about the Lacandon Maya Indians. After visiting the Lacandon Rainforest her life turned to journalistic activities for twenty years and it wasn’t until the 1990’s that her mind began to wander back to the rainforest.
Her “ticket” back was through an Archeology expedition. The book draws upon Mary’s three decades exploring Central America and details stories of her interactions with the rainforest, its people, politics and archeology. She chronicles drug trafficking, violence spurred by revolution and how change has affected villages. The book’s strength is its depiction of the reality of life among the rainforest and the culture of its people.