Awesome Maya Jungle Ruins

Trip Start Jan 26, 2008
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Trip End Sep 28, 2008


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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Caught a privat bus from Saint Christobal to Palenque. It was a very windy road with speed bumps everywhere. Natalia the guide told us that in Mexico people where allowed to place speedbumps where ever theyn wanted.

We stopped at the Azure cascades on the way thich was litterally the most spectacular fresh water rapids, waterfalls and lagoons I have ever seen. I explored about 1km of it swiming most of the way. The water was a stunning turquoise blue which tumbled down the smooth rocks. Found a cave behind a waterfall. I didnt want to leave. I could have stayed there for like 3 days just swimming.
We then visited a waterfall down the road which was not as impressive but I went for a swim just the same. I couldn't make it to the base of the falls as it was to strong.

We arrived in Palenque pretty late. Indonesian type setting with straw huts and the like. So we all enjoyed a margarita or two before having dinner around the pool. Hotel was nice. Town not soo good.

Ran into Pablo again who is a guy I met in Oaxaca. I have seen him 3 times now.

It rained hard the whole night and continued through the next day. This did not phase the aussies though and we ventured into the jungle to see the palenque ruins with our raincoats and umbrellas. We all where saturated. Palenque ruins were very impressive in a jungle setting. The Mayas here diverted a river for there aqua duct which provided them running water to the palace and toilets.  Palenque was one of the most important cities for the Mayan culture and is still in relatively good nick given that it was prospering around 1500BC.



 
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