Tuesday, March 31, 2009
A very long bus trip trip took us from San Cristobal to Palenque. The usual road was closed for some reason, and the alternate route (as well as a flat tyre) meant that a five hour trip turned into a 9 hour trip. We also were stopped to have guards (with assault rifles) check the bus & search inside all the luggage in the hold of the bus. We were tired when we arrived & (as happens when you are tired) I didn' t realise that I had left my (prescription) sunglasses on the bus. They are now gone forever. But Carolann will appreciate the joy of me chosing new ones at some stage when we hit a larger city.
One of the only reasons for going to Palenque was to visit the massive Mayan ruins there. They did not disappoint.
We went from the cool hills of San Cristobal, towards the Yucatan penninsula, & into the jungles surrounding Palenque. It was hot. We caught the local bus (a colectivo) up to the ruins early in the morning & spent until about 3.00 exploring the ruins. Inspite of drinking a lot of water we both felt rather dehydrated after we got back, so we did what any sensible person would do: we drank two margaritas each.