Waterfalls, Palenque Ruins and Howler Monkeys
Trip Start Sep 08, 2008
35Trip End Nov 02, 2008
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This morning we woke up even earlier to be packed and ready by 6:15am. Oddly enough we were picked up and driven by the same guy and same van that took us to the Sumidero Canyon. The tour to Agua Azul, Misol-Ha and Palenque ruins offered the option of staying in Palenque or returning to San Cristobal. Since this tour saved us booking an additional bus trip to Palenque we had no intention of returning to San Cristobal. Particularly since the return trip (without any stopping was a 4 hour ride). Palenque was in the direction we were heading afterall. The plan was that after finishing the day's tour we would catch an overnight bus to Tulum to save on time as we were on quite a tight time schedule. We were told that Palenque didn't have too much to offer once having seen the ruins, but at the same time, staying over in a cabana in the jungles apparently was a great experience. The problem with that would be that we would have a whole day to try and burn before being able to catch our next bus so we gave that idea a skip
Anyways, after picking up a total of 9 people and strapping everyone's luggage to the roof rack we were off (obviously I had already by this time popped another motion sickness tablet). The road was again extremely windy, and yet I tried to get in a bit of sleep. But to no avail as I was very literally being thrown from one side to the other of the bus.
Our first stop was Agua Azul (meaning blue water). These waterfalls weren't as blue as seen on postcards, but despite that they were still incredible. There are about 7 cascades falling over a relatively short stretch of the river. We spent about 50 minutes taking loads of photos and looking around before heading off to Misol-Ha.
Misol-Ha was completely different to Agua Azul. A very high waterfall creating a dense cloud of mist where the water hits the bottom of the falls. A walkway has been built around the back of the waterfalls to allow you to view the waterfall from a different angle and in the process get completely soaked. It was beautiful.
Our last stop was that of the Palenque ruins
Because we didn't take a guide we got the opportunity to see just about all the ruins including the Queens Bath waterfalls and some ruins not yet fully excavated. I really enjoyed these ruins as it gave it a bit more of an authentic feel, a bit more mystical.
After the tour we were dropped off in Palenque where we grabbed a bite to eat, I again popped another motion sickness tablet in anticipation of the next trip, and then finally caught our 11 hour bus to Tulum at about 8pm.