I really wanted to visit Palenque, but I didn’t feel like driving all day through mountains and valleys and worrying about the next time we might stall on the side of the road. We were spending a few days relaxing in San Cristobal while I tried to sort out the issue and waited for the mechanic in town who might be able to help.
The girls found a cheap tour that would take us to Palenque and back in one day. Basically, it was just a shuttle to and from Palenque in a 10 seater van, no frills, exactly what we needed and nothing more. So, we got up super early one day and met our driver in town at 5am.
We stopped at a couple of well known waterfalls for a swim on the way. First, Agua Azul, where the water cascades over calcium covered rocks into bright blue pools.
And then another impressive waterfall at Misol-Ha.
We arrived at Palenque in the heat of the day and had a few hours to wander around the ruins, exploring the many trails that led to other parts of the ancient city that had been reclaimed by the jungle.
This place is amazing. So many of the remaining structures have incredible stone roofs and plaster panels with intricate carvings that have survived for thousands of years. I can’t help wondering what the city would would have been like back in it’s heyday. For some reason this city was abandoned, long before the Spanish arrived here, and it was gradually overgrown by the jungle until it was rediscovered hundreds of years later.