Palenque ruins and the unknown Roberto Barrios waterfalls

In Palenque

In front of the Temple of inscriptions in Palenque

This morning, Raul had a tour with some girls at the Palenque ruins, so I joined them at 8 am. Very interesting! Palenque is a medium-sized site but it contains some of the finest architecture that the Mayas has produced. Much of the history of Palenque has been reconstructed from reading the hieroglyphic inscriptions on the many monuments here.

Later after the ruins my host Raul took me and 2 other spanish girls to Roberto Barrios, a Zapatista-village about 40 minutes from here who also has waterfalls.

Looking at us... they are not used to tourists or even people outside the village at all.

Looking at us… they are not used to tourists or even people outside the village at all.

On our way there we sat down at the village and had some snacks, and aaall the kids that passed by us stared at us, so unused to have visitors, even from mexicans! It was a weird feeling being the one who they stared at. But they were friendly :) On our way back, after the baths, they came running down the hills with some stuff they wanted to sell to us. So cute. Haha.

Standing on the edge ;) Raul, me and Sonya

Standing on the edge ;) Raul, me and Sonya

Anyhow, it was really great village and waterfalls to just spend some time. And the waterfalls were huge! Like Agua Azul, but totally unknown, no one was here but the kids from the village who was there trying to sell us things.  In a couple of years it will probably as exploited as Agua Azul, with galleries, small stands, lots of fees and lots of people.. But watch out for the kids that hangs around when you are bathing, they rob you, even if they look innocent.. so don’t bath all at the same time!

By the way, we saw monkeys in the trees!! Yaaay :) Hehe. So cute! They were like 7 of them or something. I’ve been hearing them at night when I try to sleep but I haven’t been able to see them in daylight until now :)

When they saw that we were leaving, they came running to us with merchandise to sell

When they saw that we were leaving, they came running to us with merchandise to sell

On our way back we stopped by the Zocalo and ate some cheap vegetarian tacos, really good, mmmm! We came home around 19.30, hanged a bit at Rauls, and later me and the girls went down to have a drink with Miel and Duilio before the girls headed to San Cristobal.

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