Palenque!

Trip Start Jul 12, 2012
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Trip End Sep 21, 2012


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Yaxin hostel

Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Thankfully I had a whole two seats to myself the whole way but I was still uncomfortable. Managed to sleep most of the way though, thankfully. We were stopped a couple of times and at one point I woke up to the military prowling the bus quietly. He seemed quite nice though!

Got in at 6:30am, extremely tired and straight away booked onto a tour so I could go to the Palenque ruins and the two waterfalls miso hal and agua azul. Headed to the hostel and met three nice Australian girls. We went for breakfast at the hostel restaurant which was pretty terrible. We told the people working there that we had to go on a tour at 8am (it was 7:20am) so we needed our food quickly. At 7:50 they had only managed to bring out our little fruit plates with about 6 slices of fruit. By the time 8 rolled around i'd only managed to shove some bread in my mouth, down some coffee and eat two mouthfuls of egg which were scrambled not fried like I asked and all for $6 of my money- useless!

The ruins were nice, most had some cool reliefs, there were ALOT of stairs though! The guided tours were REALLY expensive but I somehow managed to jump on an English speaking tour for free which had some nice Irish and more Australian people on. Score. (especially as they were about $40, no, no!) Also managed to get my own private, free tour through part of the jungle with the guy leading the tour group!

Then had to try and find my bus, the driver told us (in only Spanish-thanks mate) to wait by a tree, but there were about 4. I was worried I was going to miss it but luckily I was roughly in the right place!

The waterfalls were pretty, you could go behind one of them and the last one you could swim in which i was very happy about as I was a sweaty, disgusting mess. It was really humid but honestly much better than I thought it was going to be as it was meant to be hotter than Playa but thankfully it was actually cooler-weather app fail again!

Managed to sleep the whole two hours home which was good as I really needed the toilet! Strategic sleeping! Got back and went for a late dinner with some of the girls from the dorm, they are really excited about the olympics and can't understand why I'm not. They know all the athletes from their country and what they've won-I for the most part have no clue ha. Off to San Cristobal De Las Casas tomorrow, it's meant to be cool there as it's in the hills and at a high altitude, after being the sweaty mess I was today I'm quite looking forward to it!
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