Hotel Nututun Palenque
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Well this was a very interesting day to say the least! What a journey and full of randomness! So the day started off in Tuxtla with a 5 hour drive to Palenque, the drive was actually okay for once, no police, no corruption and winding mountain roads. We drove past San Cristobel and noticed a young couple standing on the roadside hitch hiking, I just drove straight past them but Kike, being the Good Samaritan that he is, wanted to stop and see where they were going. After convincing ...
... fuel. However, it was a really inefficient process; they burnt something like 40kg of wood for every 1kg of mortar made. This meant that for nearly 1000 years they were cutting down a hell of lot of jungle all across Belize, Guatamala and Mexico. The result of this was a change in the ecosystem of the area and a reduction in rain fall. This obviously messed up growing seasons and caused droughts, which lead to people dying. The people then got angry and wars broke out, ...
... As we'd opted to travel second class, the bus took it's time and stopped a lot. Not a problem for us, but it meant we didn't reach Merida until 6pm.
In Merida, we decided it would be better to have a few hours in the centre, rather than be hanging around in the bus terminal. As it was 1.5km and we had all our stuff with us (there was no left luggage facility that we found), we took a taxi to the centre, and got a drink in one of ...
... Mexican border.
Normally if your transport is about half an hour late, you'd probably be on the phone to check to see if there is a problem. Here it's a matter of just accepting 'c'est las vie'. Sure enough it turned up eventually and having picked up one other passenger, we headed for the Mexican border only about 60 miles away. However herein lies a tale as although the border is not that far, it takes about five hours to reach it. This is ...
... East and west which were identified by their natural colours and markings.
Yellow tree - east
Red - west
Black tree - south
White - north
Then there is the sacred tree in the 5th cardinal position which is green.
Here, in the forests the worlds are represented in nature.
The tree canopy is the upper world. The Roots to underworld. The Trunk is the human world.
Here, in this spiritual, meaning filled ...