Hotel Nututun Palenque
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... with live music and large pink drinks with umbrellas in them. The rooms smell like sewage and the water pressure is iffy, but who cares? This feels like vacation.
We checked in, dumped our bags, and quickly reassembled for our afternoon visit to the highlight of the area: The Mayan ruins and temples of Palenque.
Spectacular Mayan ruins in the jungle
A short walk into the national park brought us to the entrance to ...
... it still has some authentic feel to it. Coffee, eggs etc - breakfast is pretty good!
Back on the bus it is a further 1 1/2 hour drive through the blue mountain reserve and we push on to Yaxchitlán which is first due to the clouds that spell afternoon rain which we are trying to avoid. Yaxchitlán is renowned for its ornamented building facades, roof combs and impressive stone lintels that depict battles and ceremonial events.
Yaxchitlán straddles ...
... my hotel too (internet and phone lines).
Palenque is an incredible place, and it goes alongside Chichen Itza as my favourite sites so far. Unusual things I saw were a spider with a very odd yellow head, a kind of exotic bug called a chicharra (see photo), and I thought it was rather odd that some of the folk selling touristy stuff decided that it would be a good idea to sell skulls; I wonder how many tourists have successfully tried to get those ...
... walk down the dirt road to find a collectivo to head out to the ruinas (ruins). The collectivo appears as we get to the end of the road and we jump in for a quick 5 min ride and hand over the 20 pesos each for the ride.
The cool thing about the Palanque ruins and what makes it worth the trip out here is that it is 1) set in the jungle and 2) you get to climb! So Indy and Short Round (his little Asian side kick) are set for another adventure.
... an hour early to the bus station. Not a great idea by Ernesto, it was still raining and the station was packed! We spent around half an hour standing like muppets! Finally got on the bus at 11pm, settled in on the seats - did not manage to get front seats this time and the bus definitely wasn't as nice as the first overnight bus. Took matters in my own hand and popped 2 dramamines. Lights out!!! V and mini V (hate overnight buses...) V and mini V (favourite day in Mexico so ...