Saturday, February 25, 2012

17°29′2.33″N, 92°2′46.79″W

Palenque, Mexico.

When you've just spent the night in a thatch-roofed hut next to a trickling creek in the middle of the jungle, and are then awoken by the sound of jaguars roaring in the trees (which quickly turn out to be Howler Monkeys) exploring some Mayan Ruins is about the only way to start your day. This is Palenque; an ancient Maya city that has been eaten up by the fast-growing jungle. Two per cent of the ruins is excavated and the other 98 per cent is still hidden underneath more than 2,000 years of growth.

I don't feel the need to elaborate much; it was incredible to walk around the site and up the steep steps, through a city built by slaves for ancient kings. It was our last stop before leaving Mexico, and a good end to our Mexican adventure.

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