Las cruces and back to Palenque

So, after the quick visit to Guatemala is was time to head back home.
I slept the whole trip almost. In a veeery uncomfortable mini van and later tourist bus, both without headrests, but still, I managed to sleep. Francisco was surprised, me too. Haha. The trip back was quite quick, on our way here we left at 6am and arrived at 17, now we left at 5am and arrived at 14. Haha. But on our way here they made plenty of stops, sometimes without reason.. haha. No hurry at all!

It costs 265 quetzals to go to Palenque, but 350 pesos to go to Flores, haha, weird.
We had to pay 40 quetzals in the border again, but not the 295 pesos, that’s only for leaving mexico, so when I leave for Ecuador I’ll have to pay that.

Here are some pictures from a town called Las Cruces where we had a little break. Just after this town, the asphalt ends and the bumpy road starts. :)

Colectivo at Las Cruces, Guatemala

Colectivo at Las Cruces, Guatemala

Dog pooping. :) And the cute small moto-taxis. :)

Dog pooping. :) And the cute small moto-taxis. :)

Funny thing too, at the border, I had to act as a translator between spanish and english, it was funny because I helped a Polish guy at first, and then when I was filling in my forms outside the desk, the guy from the office went out to get me and asked me if I could come to the desk to translate some information into english. :)

They go down to the river to watch their clothes.

In the river between Guatemala and Mexico. They go down to the river to watch their clothes.

Back to Palenque I took Francisco and Esteban (I call him that but it was a polish name) to the tacos place, haha, third time I’m there! But it’s so good and so cheap and so many vegetarian options! :D Don’t miss this place out, it’s called El Caracol Del Jade, and it’s on the other side of the tourism office in the main square of Palenque.

At El Caracol de Jade.

At El Caracol de Jade, with my tascalate and huerfanitos :)

 

El caracol de Jade! Cheap good food in Palenque :)

El caracol de Jade! Cheap good food in Palenque :)

This time I had huerfanitos, and also 1 vegetarian taco, hehe. To drink I had Tascalate, it tastes exactly like polvoron, the typical spanish christmas candy.

At night, I hanged out some with Gino and Raul, had some dinner and helped him to put some pictures at his Facebook and couchsurfing profile.  At 23 I took the night bus to Merida, where I’m now sitting at a café having breakfast. :)

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.