Waterfalls and Ruins

Trip Start Dec 25, 2012
Trip End Aug 02, 2013

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Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Thursday, January 10, 2013

After a 12 hour over night bus ride we arrive in Palenque. A little anxious, we hope off the bus in what feels like the middle of now where. With our Spanish being minimal and their English being pretty much non existent, we stumble our way through check in with hand signals and the few words we did actually know. A little cabana in the middle of the beautiful Palenque Rain Forrest is our home for next couple of nights with the howling monkeys as our noisy night time neighbours.

Heading into town, we walked down the not so pretty but very colourful main strip. The town square was filled 'full time travellers' draped in dreadlocks and harem pants selling their hand made jewellery with the music from their marimba bands permeating the air.

After listening to the howler monkeys growl most of the night, we joined a small group of people waiting out the front of the hostel for the 'colectivo' up to the Palenque ruins. Walking around the amazing 15sq km site surrounded by Rain Forrest was almost surreal! We managed for a short while to tag onto the back of a tour group, listening in on some of the interesting stories of the Mayans past before going off to do our own exploring.
Note: To get a tour guide to take us around the park was RIDICULOUSLY priced, 960 peso or US$100!

Our last day in the Forrest took us up a very windy road. With every turn the bus made my stomach made a turn of its own. Her face turned green and then out came a plastic bag, I closed my eyes but that would not hide the smell. I have never been so happy to reach a destination!

The smell of fresh air and the sprays of cold water as we passed behind the awesome falls of the Misol-Ha was just what the doctor ordered. Then finishing it off with a dip and sit in the cold crystal clear rapids of the Agua Azul made the queasy ride up worth it!
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Sandypants on

Hope your taking lots of photos! How is the spending going, is each day as cheep as you thought it would be? Adam and Rich say G'Day. xxxxxx Missing you!

tash_and_simon on

Hello to you all!!
Spending in Mexico, especially Playa, chewed up a chunk of our funds.. hopefully we can pull it back on track though!!
Missing everyone!!! xxxxx

Moira on

Loving the blog and the photo's. Simon, can we have a photo of you looking normal, for a change, especially when the places you are visiting look amazing! :-)) The ''love to fart'' bib is soo you!!

Amber on

Sounds like an amazing time so far guys!! Can't wait to hear more :)

Anne V on

You guys are definitely having lots of fun! The stories to date are interesting, entertaining and funny. Bring them on! Very much looking forward to reading the upcoming stories.
On our way home now ... After about 30 hours of it, we will land on Aussie land after an airport stop in Guangzhou. Keep enjoying yourselves and stay safe.

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