BEST WESTERN Maya Palenque
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... familiar - pretty colonial towns, villages, markets and plenty of ruins so we decided to skip some and focus on big ruins and getting some distance behind us.
We did something a bit mental. We took two overnight buses, back to back, stopping at some ruins in between. And actually, it worked pretty well!
Edd and I are officially ridiculously low maintains now, and frankly can sleep better on an air conditioned coach than in a ...
... hills, some would say mountains.
On entering Palenque, we pulled into a little garage. I happened to notice the main, big bus station was next door and my directions to the hostel started from there, so it was easy enough to turn down past the Best Western hotel across the road and walk the 300m to it. By this stage I could quite happily have had a sleep, but I thought it might be better to wonder down the street to tne main town and get ...
... about 45cm but the treads were only about 20cm. It meant that you clambered up them and then came down sideways like a crab. The stairs were also wet and at times slippery. This area was established 60 to 900AD with the halcyon period from early from 800- 900 AD during the reign of the Pukal kings. The Pyramid or temple and the Kings palace are the significant buildings however during a rainforest walk we stumbled upon many ...
The return boat ride felt good after all that walking. We had a basic lunch at the onsite restaurant, and the piled back into the van to head to the day's second site.
A van ride and a shuttle ride took us to Bonampak, the second of the two sites for today. Much smaller and more compact than Yaxchilan, Bonampak is famous for the remarkably well preserved rock art and paintings inside the ruins. It was ...
... 2.5 - 3 hours after we have left San Cristobal. This esoteric site features one of the most well developed central temple complexes in the Mayan civilization. The majestic pyramid has plenty to explore and while climbing it in the rising heat is at times challenging, but the view from the top is certainly worth every step. The incredible infrastructure and time it would have taken to build this impressive site is truly magnificent.
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