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May 24, 2016 - Arrival and Aluxes

After an extremely restless night consisting of uncomfortable bus camasutra, and Dariana singing annoying songs, I woke around 7 a.m. to the beautiful sight of a big, bright, almost red sun. Below it, were swaying trees standing in the greenest grass I have ever seen with cows happily grazing it. The bus was moving at an extremely slow rate due to the traffic caused by a truck who had fallen into the ditch and somehow caught on fire, toasting the potato chips to smithereens inside. Once we passed the burnt truck, our bus began...

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Chiapas: School Trip

Jan 1, 2016 - Bacalar to Palenque - Turquoise Waters to Howler Monkeys

Cancun to Palenque (Dec 26-Jan 1) After being home with our families over Christmas, it was bittersweet getting on that WestJet flight and heading back to Mexico. We had such an perfect holiday that I felt quite sad leaving Victoria to continue another 3 months of travel. Thanks to our wonderful family and dear friends for making our Christmas so very special𯎄𯎄 Cancun to Bacalar - 387 km On the drive from Cancun, down the coast and past the myriad of all inclusive hotels, this part of Mexico is populated by tourists who are looking for...

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Sep 19, 2015 - Week 6, day 6......

Day 6 - may I introduce to you our guest blogger for today Miss Rachel K Smith. After an absent animal sounding sleep we decided to go in search of a guide to take us on a jungle trek, after speaking to a man who spoke to a man who spoke to another man we managed to track down jungle Jim (AKA Paco) after dressing appropriately in short shorts, trainers and small tops (obvious jungle attire!) we followed Paco into the abyss. After an hour (we only had two hours!) and loosing much faith in Paco - we had seen a Mexican chicken and heard a...

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Mexico 2015

Sep 18, 2015 - Week 6 - day 5

Day 5 - on arrival to Palenque at 7am we decided to head for El Panchan (a settlement of cabins in the jungle at the entrance to the National Park.) We knocked on a door to wake a little old man sleeping in a hut who showed us to our cabin. It was a surprisingly clean room although painted blue and pink everywhere with lovely frilly sheets. The jungle was strangely quiet - according to the guidebooks we should be being serenaded by howler monkeys, toucans, parrots and other jungle wildlife, but not this morning! We brushed our teeth and...

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Mexico 2015

Mar 4, 2015 - Palenque

Tuesday 3/3 Today we got up In the dark to take the long drive to Palenque. We backtracked down past Tuxtla (where we got on the boat yesterday), then worked our way over the mountains into Tabasco state, almost to the Gulf of Mexico before heading east and then inland again to Palenque. The roads ranged from two lane good roads, to freeways, to incredible pot-hole dodging thrill rides. We went from cool mountain air to tropical jungle terrain. We left about 6:20, stopped at Maltaso for a breakfast break about 9:00, had a lunch break in...

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Travels in Mexico

Dec 20, 2012 - Welcome to the Jungle

Next we headed into the jungle to the ruins of Palanque. Palanque is a large complex built over a number of platforms which once again meant more steps. Besides that normal residences for the upper class of Mayan society, there is also a palace that when the sun is reflected though holes in the wall, shows the Mayan's skill and knowledge regarding light refraction. The ruins are just getting better and better.

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Finding Cheryl 2012

Nov 22, 2012 - Amazing ruins and waterfalls

Nov. 20 This morning I woke to the sound of rain pouring through the down spouts onto the tile at what I thought was 6:30. After checking email, etc. I came back to the room to wake Theresa, turned on the light, looked at my watch and … uh oh, it's only 6 am. Good thing she's wearing earplugs and an eye mask. I snuck back out, skyped Mike, cleaned out my email and resized some photos for uploading and went back an hour later. After breakfast in the hotel as none of us felt like going out in the rain, we piled into taxis and then the ADO...

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Oct 27, 2012 - Palenque

Palenque- Jungle, Ruins and waterfalls A hot and sweaty jungle town next to some awesome Mayan ruins. We arrived at 6am went straight up to our shack by a creek in the jungle and were on a tour by 8am. More fab Mayan ruins and then an afternoon of visiting and swimmking in beautiful waterfalls. Would have had a quieter night sleeping on runway 3 at heathrow with all the howler monkeys and andy saw a spider so big and hairy at first he thought he'd seen a mouse! ( he's promised not to show me the picture till we get back to England) Next...

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Mar 15, 2012 - Palengue

We are no longer in the Yucatan. Up very early this morning and took the 6 30 a.m. bus to Palengue in the Mexican state of Chiapas. We are in a very nice neighbourhood of Palenque called Canada, although it is pronounced Canyada. It is really nice with shaded streets and coffee shops. Many of the better hotels are located here. There are many tourist agents who arrange trips all over Chiapas. We are at Hotel Xibaba which is one of the nicer hotels and cost 650 pesos.

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Find Tom 4

Nov 8, 2011 - Moving on, further adventures in Mexico

A night bus trip from Tulum took us to Palenque where we spent one day discovering the beautiful ruins of the old city, discovered not so long ago. These are some of the snapshots of the day...glad to report we didn't get sacrificed nor buried alive for the sake of the Sun Gods. We stayed in a jungle hostel called Margarita & Ed's, in the area of El Panchan, where we decided that if we ever have to hide from someone, this will be the place to be. Then we are off to San Cristobal de Las Casas, still in the region of Chiapas. See you there. x

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Blame it on Rio!

Jul 26, 2011 - Changing Gears

Ixtepec, Oaxaca, Mexico Sometimes big decisions need to be made...and they need to be made quickly. Not always my strong, but, in this case, I suddenly became Senor Decisive. Here are the circumstances: In Ixtepec, Oaxaca ( I still enjoy saying the name over and over) research is a bit stagnant for my style. Yes, I've been monitoring the major migration path through Ixtepec and dialoguing with Gang Bangers, but nothing truly captivating. I feel unproductive. And, too make matters worse, I haven't eaten much except a surfeit of King Cones...

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Jun 29, 2011 - Palenque alias La JUNGLE

Bonjour a tous!, Palenque est notre moment fort du voyage!!! Pour vous donner une idee, on avait un petite chambre au milieu de la jungle!!! IL n;y avait pas de fenetre, seulement des mousticaires! La nuit on s;endort au son de la pluie et on a vue sur les arbres geants et les lianes a la tarzan!! Cest magnifique!!! Durant notre trop court sejour la bas, nous avons ete voir les ruines de Palenque! Les plus belles jusqu;a maintenant! Une ancienne cite maya perdu au milieu de la jungle entourer de brume! Trop magnigique! Juste avant, avec un...

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