Ruins in the Jungle

Trip Start Jul 21, 2009
Trip End Apr 28, 2010

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Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Monday, August 17, 2009

Well, after arriving in the town of Palenque this morning, John and I spent the afternoon exploring the ruins this afternoon.  In case you´re thinking of doing the same thing, I really ought to point out that, in the jungle, in August, in the middle of the afternoon, it does tend to get a bit hot.  Now, this is something that we clearly knew, but it´s easy to forget exactly what that means when you´re up in the highlands, and it´s a nice balmy 75-80 or so. 

But anyways.  The ruins were actually very impressive.  The setting itself is unique, as you´re in the middle of the jungle, and some of the minor ruins are still not fully excavated from the trees and brush.  At the entrance are the two main structures -- a large palace and a masive temple.  For each of these, and for most of the other structures, there are very few limitations regarding climbing all over them.  There are fabulous views from the top, and a surprising number of little areas to explore.  Most impressively, you can enter inside several of the buildings, including to look into some of the tombs and related areas.

Tonight, we´re catching an overnight bus to Merida, which is on the north end of the Yucatan peninsula.  On a side note, I have many pictures to post, and hopefully one of these days it will work out to actually post them!
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