Trip Start Jun 11, 2005
33Trip End Sep 01, 2005
Villahermosa was okay. I saw what I wanted to see, but it was cheesier than I expected. It's a pseudo-archaeological site. All the items are real, but have been removed from their original locations and placed conveniently on a path of preserved rain forest. It's a number of Olmec heads that are famous and interesting, so that was nice to see. But the accessibility means having to deal with hoards of people - the kind of crowds you'd rarely have to deal with at an actual site. Why?
Well, for example, in Tikal in Guatemala, you're really out in the jungle
The lesson - leaf cutter ants are terribly cool, and you shouldn't wear flops in the jungle.
Cool trivia: The leaf cutter ants obviously have pretty good sized and powerful pincers. The Mayans used them as makeshift medical stitches or staples. They'd pick them up, pinching the ants behind their heads (our guide in Tikal demonstrated this) and then let them bite down on very large wounds. Then they'd rip the ants' bodies off and the heads would stay in place, holding the wound closed
Villahermosa had animals too, but they were all in cages. They were still mildly interesting. I'll post photos.
After that, I took a bus to Palenque. That's where I am now. It's hot here. Mexico City and San Miguel were never hotter than the low 80s. It's stifling here. But my room has a large shaky fan that may decapitate me in my sleep. Fingers crossed. Tomorrow I'm going to the ruins. I don't know how many days I'll stay here. I have a week until I meet Lindsey in Mexico City. So I'll split that between here and San Cristobal. I actually need to get to DF a day early so I can check out Teotihuacan and Frida's house. We shall see.