Hotel Maya Tucan
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So we arrived in Palenque and to my surprise it was actually warm which was a shock to the system but still no sunshine!! I thought by now I would have been tanning nicely but oh no, all me and Hilary need/want is a suntan! Palenque is on the Central America backpacker route for the national park which includes Mayan ruins and beautiful waterfalls.
The Mayan ruins are beautiful and gave us a taste of how it would be like at Tikal in Guatemala. It's just so amazing how ...
... the first cascade and Rafael showed us a cave behind the falls. The current was fairly strong but we made it. There was a little tunnel for your head above water that we made our way through. At the end we had to swim under a rock to come out under the cascade. Rafael went first then me. When I popped up Edgar grabbed my hand and pulled me over to the rock. Dylan was supposed to go next, and we waited for a while, but nothing. Rafael went looking. Nele had hit her ...
... second woman zoomed in on us and didn't include any of the waterfall!) we continued on our way.
Agua Azul falls are beautiful, the water is literally turquoise like the name suggests! We walked up to the top of the waterfalls to get some pictures and for a bit of a wander. There were lots of little tracks to go down that took you to different parts of the falls though we were rather surprised to find ...
... and warm. We drop our stuff off and grab lunch at a café close by. For 30 pesos, I get a massive ham sandwich with a fresh rockmelon juice. Hinesh gets a similar lunch (but added chicken in the sandwich and orange and pineapple for the juice). We then hike it over to the two bus stations to see about the long bus trip to Palanque tomorrow. Tip to those travelling on the ADO buses, they sometimes give you discounts at the bottom of your bus tickets for your next ride ...
... highly recommended by Ernesto!). We drove along narrow bumpy roads to what seemed like the middle of nowhere and finally arrived to a absolutely stunning set of pools and waterfalls! We could see local boys and girls hanging around swimming. It felt like we were the only tourists there! We jumped off a branch into the main pool which was really cool! Perfect time for a beer in the pool but no sooner had I got one that the skies opened and it started pouring with rain!!!! ...