Hotel Villa Mercedes Palenque
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
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We saw the ball courts where the Mayans played a sport that sounds a bit similar to soccer, except that the winners would have the dubious honour of being sacrificed to the gods. Um, I don't think I would have tried all that hard to win, personally. We saw the housing ruins, the main plazas, and hiked up to the top of the temples. Mayans sure liked their stairs; the day was overcast and not overly hot, but it was the jungle and very humid ...
... that we are travelling though is the biggest and is called Ocosingo. In this region there are some wonderful natural beauties -One being the Lacandon rainforest, Miramar which is the biggest lake in the region and 2 impressive Mayan sites - one being Tonina. This municipality borderst eh Usumacinta River along a portion where the river forms the international border with Guatemala.
We finally arrive at Tonina, the tallest Mayan pyramid in ...
... the warm, bath-like swimming pool until around 10pm, until we were eventually called over by an older Mexican lady. We had to acclimatise ourselves next to the fire, and say some old Mayan word before entering the Temezcal. Inside, we all sat down in a semi circle and had to draw crosses on burning hot stones with a piece of wax like, eucalyptus smelling rock. Then there was lots of chanting, darkness, and heat for the next 90 minutes. I had to state what I wanted to get ...
... hippies staying in the park, people who looked like they had been living there off a dollar a day for a year! I did feel a little left out being the only one without dreds.
We jumped on the bus in the morning with our tour group and went to see the ruins. Palenque has a lot more visitors than Tikal and was completely different. The grounds are all well maintained and beside each ruined building there was a board, explaining what ...
... times on the local handicrafts. The original theory is that it is in a fairly common style, depicting Pakals descent into the Maya underworld. There is another theory however proposed by a Swiss author, in 1968, who suggests that if viewed landscape it depicts Pakal as an ancient astronaut. To complete my visit, I wandered past the main pyramids and walked through the lesser visited ruins and on to a peaceful nature trail on my way out, along winding ...