Mexico Part III: Aguazul and Yachilan

[I love this picture - Marius is a great photographer]

[Over looking the valley with our guide, Raul]
We departed San Cristobal and drove east. We noticed that it was just getting warmer and warmer, but Tron would still wear jeans and a shirt. First stop on the 6 hour drive was Aguazul - a set of cascades that were lined with an endless row of stalls where locals were selling their crafts. We walked up and down the river probably about a mile each way. You could opt to take a wooden barge across the other side of the river, but it looked a bit dangerous without the option to use a life vest and the barge was right between two waterfalls. We watched from the sidelines instead.

[Our breakfast stop]
We drove to the town of Palenque, and stayed there for two nights. We got up before 6am to begin our drive to Yachilan, an awesome site of Mayan ruins on the boarder of Guatemala. Along the way we made a pitstop at a roadside cafe that was built into the forest. It was so cool!

[View from the river]
We had to use a canoe to get to the ruins here. Yachilan was my favorite site. It was nestled in the jungle, only parts of it had the jungle excavated off of it, resulting in an eerie feeling as we walked around the ruins. We heard howler monkeys and birds along the trail as well. Howler monkeys are the loudest land animal on earth and can be heard up to 3 miles away, so we didn't know how far they were from us. And inside the ruins there were bats. Grandma (Marius' grandma) was able to do most of the climbing with us, but there were some that made us nervous because of the moss making it a bit slippery.

[Studying the map of Mayan sites]

[I didn't get the memo about plaid shirts]

After we saw the ruins, our guide took us to Guatemala for 10 minutes - just to be able to say we have been there. Tron, Grandma and Katrine shared a Guatemalan beer, and Rigmor bought some souvenirs.

But, back to Mexico, there's more of Mayan Mexico to see!

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