Campeche and Palenque

Trip Start Sep 30, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Posada Ganesha

Flag of Mexico  , Chiapas,
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

From Mérida we took the ADO to Campeche to break up the journey to Palenque and Chiapas a bit, we hadn't really expected much of Campeche but it is really beautiful. They have really restored the city and all the colonial buildings were newly painted. It is definitely a place we will go back to ones we are settled in Mérida, it could be a perfect place for a weekend get away. We just strolled around the centre and enjoyed the beautiful buildings that evening, by chance we walked by one of the towers in the city wall and they were just going to do a sound a light show about the history of Campeche. So we took the opportunity and got two tickets. It was really interested and told the story of the lands of Campeche before they were inhabited, the times of the Mayas and then the taking over of the Spaniards. Really interesting and well worth the money.

The next day we had a bus to Palenque at 11 so we didn’t have time to see much more of Campeche. Maybe on the way back to Mérida we can stop for a few more nights and explore more.

We arrived in Palenque the same evening and had to decide if we would stay in Palenque town or along the way to the Palenque Archaeological site, we decided to try El Panchán halfway to the ruins. We got a really nice double room at Margarita and Ed´s Cabańas, as we were checking in we heard the holler monkeys shouting in the distance. El Panchán is literally located in the jungle just a few kilometres from the Palenque ruins, it was extremely humid. Walking on the tiled floor it was the same feeling as if someone had just passed a mop, forget using socks or they would get wet. That night we went for dinner at the only and excellent restaurant in El Panchán, Don Mucho´s. It is a mix of Italian and Mexican food and we had some great pizzas and for a very good price. The next morning we got up early to visit the archaeological site which opens at 8am. Only about 2% has been excavated and it is still huge, it was much quieter than Tulum and Chichen Itza which was nice. We spent around 3 hours visiting the site then took a minibus local transport to Palenque town for lunch and some internet checking. In El Panchán there isn’t even mobile coverage so forget about the internet, unfortunately we had not counted on that and needed to log on for a few things. Palenque town is really small and does not have that much to see, we took the opportunity to check a few travel agencies since we had heard that you can get a transfer via some beautiful waterfalls on the way to San Cristóbal de las Casas which was the next stop. We shopped around and settled for a travel agency recommended in the Lonely Planet. The next day they would pick us up at 9am, take us to Misol- Ha waterfall, then Agua Azul waterfall and from there put us on the bus to San Cristóbal de las Casas. All went according to plan and we arrived the next evening to a very cold San Cristóbal de las Casas.
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