|Health Items: 3||Treasures: 9||Relics: 0||Keys/Puzzle Items: 1|
At the beginning of the level you have the opportunity to choose which outfit you want Lara to wearóJungle Heavy, Jungle Pants or Jungle Shortsóas well as your starting weapon.
A brief cinematic shows Lara driving her motorcycle along a muddy track in the Central American rain forest. She arrives at the entrance to the nearby ruins and stops to have a look around.
NOTE: When the new level begins, you have access to several new journal entries. If you haven't played Tomb Raider: Legend and/or Anniversary, you may want to check these out. They mention Lara's history with Amanda and Natla, the Wraith Stone and Lara's doppelganger, as well as Lara's hopes and fears about finding Thor's Hammer.
ROAD TO RUIN: Drive forward into the manmade stone tunnel. Smash the clay jars inside on the right (you can do this with the bike or dismount and kick them) to find the first treasure (1/50).
NOTE: The basic motorcycle controls are described in the on-screen training text (if enabled in the Game Options menu). Details are on the Underworld Controls page.
Back up from the edge a bit and aim the bike straight for the light-colored stone at the middle of the opening. Hold the brake (same as Jump) and press Forward to rev the engine. Then release the brake (Jump) to zoom forward, clearing the pit at the end of the tunnel. On the other side, dismount once more to retrieve another treasure (2/50) from the random jar by the side of the road. Then continue by motorcycle along the path toward the ruins.
As Lara makes her approach, a brief cut scene shows a point of interest in a high window. Afterward, Lara is standing next to the bike.
SMALL TEMPLE WITH CLOSED GATE: At this point, you can either drive right up to the small, ruined temple or head that way on foot. At the right end of the low wall in front of the building, there are more breakable jars, one of which holds a treasure (3/50).
To get inside the temple, first climb on top of the shorter of the two square pillars in front. Jump to grab the stone slab handhold on the taller column. Jump up to grab the handhold above and then climb around to the left. From there you can jump to grab the nearest handhold on the side of the building.
Jump straight up to stand on this narrow ledge, which is just above and to the right of the closed gate. Jump straight up twice more, then climb a bit father until Lara is hanging from the uppermost handhold in this group. Traverse to the left. Lara will clear the gap in the ledge without jumping. At the end of this ledge, lightly tap Jump + Left to reach the next handhold, which is one of three small stone slabs above a window-like opening. Climb down and to the left and then drop to grab the windowsill. Pull up into the room.
Attach your grapple to the metal ring and step backward out the window. Lara's weight pulls the lever, raising the gate to the right. When it's open all the way, adjust the length of the cable so Lara's feet are a little higher than the doorsill in front of the gate. Swing back and forth a couple of times. Then, when Lara swings to the right, jump into the doorway and go through before the gate closes again.
Approach the pedestal and the back of the small temple and take the carved JAGUAR HEAD.
Before leaving, pick up another treasure (4/50) in one of the clay jars in the alcove to the right of the jaguar pedestal (when facing away from it) and a health potion in one of the alcoves on the left. Just beyond the alcove with the health are two closely spaced walls that you can use to chimney jump to the ledges above.
Before climbing out the window, look down to spot a panther on the prowl below. If you position Lara at the edge of the opening and hold the Target Lock key, you can keep the big cat in Lara's sights even if you can't see it. Then you can easily shoot it with your pistols. If you aren't able to target the panther from here, start to climb down, shooting at it whenever you get the opportunity.
To get down without injury, hang from the windowsill and jump back to land on the beam jutting out from the tall, square pillar. Hang from the beam facing the building, traverse to the left until Lara's back toward the shorter square pillar. Then either jump back to land on the pillar or drop down twice to the ground.
ROAD TO THE FIRST CALENDAR PUZZLE: Return to the motorcycle and get on. With the temple behind Lara, head to the left along the dirt road. (Going to the right leads back to the beginning of the level.)
Drive forward, weaving around between several low stone walls. As you start to round the corner at the edge of the ruins, another panther comes out of the bushes. You can try and run it over with the motorcycle, but there's not a lot of room to maneuver here. So, if necessary, shoot it while driving or get off the bike and deal with it.
When it's dead, continue around the edge of the ruins to a flight of stairs leading down into a manmade tunnel. If you like, you can dismount here to collect a few treasures. The first treasure (5/50) is in a breakable jar just to the right of the top of the stairs. When facing the stairs, turn left and you'll see another clay jar containing a treasure (6/50) in a corner just ahead. From that spot, turn around and look ahead and to the right to find a third jar with yet another a treasure (7/50).
Get back on the bike and drive down the stairs and through the tunnel. (NOTE: The motorcycle headlight control is the same as the key for the utility light.) After you emerge on the other side, the track twists and turns through the undergrowth but doesn't split until the next set of ruins is in sight. Here you'll see another path leading off to the left. Head to the right here. DO NOT GO TO THE LEFT.
IMPORTANT BUG NOTE: There is a potentially game-killing bug at the beginning of the third Mexico chapter, The Midgard Serpent, which Eidos support believes is triggered in this area. If you go to the right, toward the visible ruins, you should not encounter the bug. Still, I recommend saving manually before continuing and not overwriting that save until you've finished Southern Mexico. That way, if you do experience the bug, you'll have a "clean" save from which to reload. If you rely on the autosave, you may get stuck and have to replay a large section, possibly even the entire game. Additional details appear in the Midgard Serpent walkthrough.
As you approach the ruins, stop the bike and dismount. On the left near a partially collapsed stone wall, you'll find a health potion and a couple of clay jars, one of which holds a treasure (8/50). Get the pickups and continue forward toward the building.
FIRST CALENDAR PUZZLE: Usually the corpses turn up after Lara's been for a visit. Here, however, the dead hunters on the steps warn of other hazards in the area. The coast is clear for the moment, though.
At the top of the steps, just to the left of the low opening leading inside, you'll find another health potion and another treasure (9/50). Get them and roll through into the room beyond.
When Lara approaches the stone circle, a cinematic sequence begins. “The Mayan calendar had only 360 days,” Lara explains as she videotapes the elaborate mechanism. “The remaining five were the ‘Unnamed Days’. The Maya believed that each year when the Unnamed Days arrived, the gates to the underworld would open.”
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