Mayan beauties and a haircut

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
Trip End Nov 04, 2008

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Kin - hot water even after 9am. Breakfast $2

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

We managed to fall asleep at 8pm last night after the long travel day and a few celebration mexican beers and tacos. We were about 5 hours into our sleep when a loud band of mariachis started playing (talk about stereotypes!).

Given there is a fair set up a few streets down they seem to be playing at night. However we cant work out why they start playing at 1.30 in the morning. Luckily they stopped by 3am so we could sleep the rest of the night without too many disturbances.

Today we visited our last large Mayan ruin site (Palenque) which is about 7kms away from the town of Palenque. The local bus took us there for 10 Pesos ($1 per person), and at the site one has to pay 10 Pesos ($1) for the park entrance and an additional 48 Pesos per person ($4.80) for the ruins ticket. Compared to Tikal prices ($20) its cheap!

Again, the photographs are our best description of the place. A series of high temples (although not as large as in Tikal) and quite a few well kept palace buildings. The main attraction is the tomb of Pakal (one of the rulers) but it has been closed off since 1994 due to the gradual destruction it was suffering with 7 thousand plus tourists per year.

We did notice a hell of a lot of local mexican tourists in large groups, which didnt make the visit as calm as desired, but once you get away from the main Palace temple everything becomes quiet and enjoyable.

The ruins are also full of souvenir sellers sitting around with great prices, so it makes the visit a perfect place to buy and see! We know we did... more ruins to visit (except a less known one in Guatemala when Blubi David arrives). We can say that each one has been slightly different to the rest (Copan, Tikal, Palenque and Xunantunich) although the main themes remain, and most of the history is unknown or debated by experts.

This afternoon we will be visiting a few souvenir and local shops to check a few deals, and tomorrow morning we move on to San Cristobal de Casas, which sounds like a top colonial town, but we also have a feeling that it will be overun by gringos learning lets wait and see.

Marcos took advantage of the 20 or so hairdressers on the same street to take some fur off his head...which was way to long for the local heat! He also tried an old styled shave in the reclining chair (Barber of Seville memories) which was a mix between falling asleep with the heat and fearing for your life when the old man was waving his knives around. Haircut and shave for 50 Pesos ($5).

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