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Ruins of Palenque

Mayan ruins in a lush jungle setting

sunny 33 °C
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Today we went out to the ruins here in Palenque. They were built by Mayans, who first occupied the area around 100 BC. The prime period for the city fell between 600-700 AD, under the reign of King Pakal. He is buried in the largest excavated building, known as Templo de las Inscripciones, which you can see here:


The whole of the city lies over an area of appr. 15 sq km, and consist of 1453 buildings (found so far). Only a smaller central area is excavated, including 500 or so of the buldings. We spent most of the day walking around them, and climbing up them for better views. Here I am looking over part of the city:


In this tropical heat and humidity, you quickly get covered in a film of sweat and water, and you feel like you're in a shower all day. Knowing this, we dressed as comfortably as possible, in shorts, boots and t-shirts. Unfortunately, this, combined with the backpack containing camera and water, makes you look like quite a fool - here I am in my Dora the Explorer getup:


Comical. But hey, comfort beats vanity in a place like this, at least for me it does. Tomorrow we head for Flores and Tikal in Guatemala, on a combined bus/boat/minibus tour - should take 8-10 hours. We'll be picked up at the hotel at 6am, so its early to bed today. Look out for more info and pics from Tikal - an even larger Mayan ruin city.

Posted by monkyhands 18:29 Archived in Mexico

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Hi Ambassadors, Sorry I just worked out how to use this system. Good to hear you arrived save and sound. Remember me to the natives and discover a large continent for us. OK Laters dude

by wiserider

Hi pal good to know that you are seeing round the world as planed. Hey thats was hot tatoo men, really looking forward to seeing it some day. ha ha ha
Keep exploring dude and say hi to tilda.

by cush-cush

hey Allen, its being a while but nevetheless i hope you are at the top of it.....wish you the best. As pa job in danmark its geeting too much now, you know.... Kim finally resined, i was told he is serving in the prison at the moment. little Kim.......
cheers Sunny

by cush-cush

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