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... dozens of other ruins on the grounds. But even so, there was plenty to see and we had fun taking cheesy photos doing handstands, human pyramids and other various acrobatics in front of the ruins.
I know everyone talks about Teotihuacan, which was really cool, or Chichen Itza, which I haven't been to yet. But for my money, Palenque is where it's at in terms of ruins. Definitely a trip highlight.
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... The pyramid structures are different, the layouts are different - so even though seems like we are seeing a lot they really do all have their own characteristics
The Mayans that built Yaxchitlán used the rivers to transport materials and so it is distinctly different to the other Mayan temples we have seen.
Here, there are complete labyrinths within the temple. There is moss with green, lush grass everywhere. It almost feels ...
... and went on a wide, strong suspension bridge to get to the museum that turned out to be shut (I only found that out when I got there). I read for a while and drank two cans of beer after having sweated so much; it was bliss. Then I got the colectivo back to the hotel, had a shower, went for a swim in the spartan-sized outdoor swimming pool with water slide, had another shower, and then got the colectivo back to the least interesting town I have seen so far. ...
... about getting up a little later (we got there at 9am instead of our planned 8am start) is the crowds boo. People are such picture spoilers. As we enter the ruins there are school excursions and tour groups already climbing up the various structures. The opening scene when you walk in is the Templo de las Inscripciones (temple of the inscriptions – where they found in the back an inscription detailing out the Mayan history of Palanque and this building) and El ...
... first to admire the hideously ornate metropolitan cathedral. This is stuffed full life size religious statues (some dressed in clothes), paintings and gilded alterpieces. The cathedral is on the site of the centre of the ancient city of
Tenochtitlan and was built by the Spanish after the conquered the Aztecs
and razed the original City to the ground. It is built using the rubble from the original Aztec temple destroyed by the Spanish. They ...