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... with a fan. We'd been particularly impressed with Mexico's bus systems (and we're pretty much world experts now) they are big, clean, modern and efficient, with stations to match where they even check your bags in and load them onto the bus for you. All you need is a basic grasp of Spanish / pointing. They do however play movies constantly from about 8am - 10pm, all Hollywood flms dubbed into Spanish, and they are almost always Liam Neeson movies ...
... awaiting car and a short journey to the local bus station. It wasn't yet midday, but the next bus wasn't until 2pm, so I settled down to read my book and waited.
The bus was mothing more than a minivan and loaded up with around a dozen locals, we set off for the 90 or so miles to Palenque.
And on proper tarmac roads.
However the one thing the Mexicans are obsessed about is road speed and on every single ...
... English explanations on the plaques, so we could get some info about what we were seeing.
Yaxchilan was a huge Mayan city, and much of it was remarkably well preserved. There were over seventy buildings at the site and of course we couldn't see everything, but we focused on the main plaza.
The first ruin was a sort of dark labyrinth. We used phones and flashlights to navigate it, and we all jumped a bit at the enormous spiders and ...
... amazing and in part untouched murals were covered with limestone and were found by water leaking through walls which then enabled the fresco to be seen. The Lacandon people don't condone the Americans telling the world about this site and are highly protective of it.
Bonampak has 3 small temples and 3 Stalagmites in the main plaza. The magnificent feature of the site are without doubt the views and the fresco's.
We meander back to the bus and ...
... 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. ...