At this point of the trip, although we are travelling for 11 months, we feel the pressure of time in Mexico… Time seem to just slip through our fingers, and even if we are travelling only in the south of the country there are just way to many things we want to see and 3 weeks isn’t enough! We have a flight out of the country on the 23rd of August. We could change the dates and stay longer, but at the same time we are excited about our next destination and don’t want to compromise any time there…
So it is a short stop we made in the city of Palenque located in the jungle of Chiapas, just enough time to visit the archaeological site and go for a swim in the natural falls Aguas Azul.
The ancient city of Palenque is incredible and is to date our favourite Maya site we visited. Palenque used to be a major city that has seen many powerful Mayan figures. The remains accessible to tourists are actually just a third of what the city used to be. Number of buildings are still hidden and covered up by the jungle and being uncovered little by little.
This time we decided to take a guide to walk us through the site. We usually don’t like to much depending on the timing of a guided tour and prefer to walk independently through temples. However I must say that it is quite nice being told the story and anecdotes of a place while you visit it. There are some details and bits of history you just don’t get from visiting by yourself.
After the visit of Palenque, we headed to the waterfalls of Agua Azul, an extraordinary natural pool of clear blue water. I know I say a lot in the Mexico posts that the water is amazing, but it’s really hard not to mention it!
We made a little friend there that played with Adrien’s camera for a while and followed us everywhere until a guy with a drone arrived and stole our thunder… of course it was quite more interesting than our simple camera! But it gave us so room, and especially some time for Adrien to go for a dip in the falls.
The same evening, we headed to San Cristobal with a mini van. By now we’ve done now quite a number of terrible bus trips, but this one will definitly be ranked in the top 3!