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After almost a straight day of travelling, we arrived in Palenque. The bus ride there was pretty torturous though, as we spent the night on the night bus, which, in typical latin american form, blasted the air con all night. Since I had accidentally forgotten my sweater in the bus station, I was pretty frigid all night. Luckily, we arrived in San Cristobal a lot earlier than we were supposed to, so we were able to jump on the first bus to Palenque. Unfortunately, the bus to Palenque had no air con and the road was pretty curvy, so the trip went from freezing to boiling and vertigo-inducing.

Anyways, it was definitely worth it to get to Palenque. We took a colectivo (basically a mini-van that people use take them places) to El Panchan, an area in the jungle near the ruins where people stay. It was gorgeous - we had a nice cabin in the middle of the jungle and there was a great restaurant / bar with a cool live band, hippie bead stands, and jungle all around it. We ran into a bunch of people we had met in either Puerto Escondido or Oaxaca and ended up having a blast with them all night.

The next day, we went to the ruins and they were, simply put, spectacular. Probably one of the most spectacular sights I've seen so far, and not just in Mexico. The ruins are Mayan and in the middle of the jungle, so they are layed out on different terraces with jungle, waterfalls, and flat green area in between them. We spent all day climbing around the ruins, then checked out the museum and headed back to El Panchan. On the way back to El Panchan, there were Mexican guys who kept jumping out of the bushes offering to sell Magic Mushrooms, which was pretty funny as well.

Unfortunately, since we all have to fly out of Cancun on the 19th, the next day we all jumped on the bus to Tulum, so we weren´t able to stay in Palenque as long as I would have liked, but it was definitely a worthwhile stop. I've now arrived in Tulum, and I'll be staying here for a few days or so.


Posted by chrisnomad 09:04

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