Palenque: my favorite ruins

In my opinion, the town of Palenque has only one thing going for it: it is the site of by far my favorite ruins (maybe tied with the Colloseo in Rome.)  The Palenque ruins date back to around 220 BC.  After its decline, it was absorbed in the jungle, which now makes a nice backdrop to the excavated buildings.

palenque ruins

palenque ruins 3

carving

palenque ruins 2

While in Palenque I also visited the waterfalls of Misol-ha and Agua Azul.  Even though Misol-ha was small, it was nice because I get to walk behind it.  The water was very clear and inviting in the hot weather, and it was one of those rare occasions when I regret not knowing how to swim.

waterfall back

waterfall

Agua Azul (blue water) was not azul this time of year.  The rain makes the water muddy, so I saw brown waters instead of blue:

waterfall brown muddy

So that’s Palenque. If I could do it all over again, I would’ve stayed in San Cristobal de las Casas (which was a better town) and do this as a daytrip instead.

I am now in Merida, the second to the last city of my Mexico trip.