Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Palenque & Agua Azul

Palenque is the home to Mayan ruins in the Chiapas region of Mexico. Palenque was the home to approximately 8,000 residents and peaked around between 600-800AD. You can climb most of the buildings at Palenque which adds to the appeal of the ruins, which can be explored in just a few hours. We didn't hire a guide so we got less historical information that I would have liked but there was a nice small museum where you could view a re-creation of the burial chamber found inside of the Temple of Inscription, which housed the body of a King.
Temple of Inscriptions (25m high)

The reconstructed Observatory

After Palenque we headed to Agua Azul, a set of turquoise blue waterfalls cascading down a frigid river about 60KM from Palenque. We hadn't heard anything about Agua Azul before getting to Chiapas which is surprising. Agua Azul was really stunning and even more beautiful than Semuc Champey in my estimation, although you cannot swim in most of the pools as you can in Semuc Champey.

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