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 no 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.

The town of Palenque consists of a main street lined with colourful buildings leading to the town square. Strolling the strip and reaching the Parque Central we were met by 'full time travellers' draped in dreadlocks and harem pants selling their hand made jewellery while the music from their marimba bands permeated the air.

After enjoying the town and 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 Tikal.

Tikal is an ancient Mayan Citadel surrounded by jungle, the iconic ruins include the giant, ceremonial Lost World Pyramid and the Temple of the Grand Jaguar.

We walked down the winding path that cut through the dense green of the jungle. Then between all the shadows rose the first impressive pyramid, at one with the forest, seemingly as old as the trees themselves. Some of the largest archaeological remains of the Mayan Civilisation, the stone structures stand tall and imposing, the top of the pyramids poking through the jungle canopy, catching the sunlight. 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 each!

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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