We intended to walk down the road to the junction in order to catch a colectivo to the historic site. A few meters down the road however, a white pickup leaves the driveway of a ranch. So we soon get to meet Adriana who descides to pick us up . She used to live in Cancun, but followed her husband here to the “wilderness” – at least from the sound of it, this is what Palenque is for her . Nevertheless she started her business and will be opening her own hotel. So keep your eyes out for Adriana’s (we were promising to do a little marketing) .
Adriana is taking us to the gates of the historical area of palenque from where we take a colectivo to the ruins. Here we get surrounded by a crowd of (supposed -to-be) guides who all want to show us the site. At the official counter they offer us a 1,5h tour to the main ruins for 1000 MXN (56.27 USD) (1.5h), 2000 MXN (112.55 USD) for a tour including some sites in the jungle (2,5h). Thanks, but no thanks.
In the end, we go on our own and it takes us more than 4 hours to see the main part of palenque. Including some breakes of course. At one of those breaks when we had just started a nice peanutbutter-platano snack we yet again meet the Danish guys . Of course they could not resist to remind us not to skip breakfast.
Palenque is crowded with tourists from all over the world. Russians, British…the inevitable Germans of course… but I even heard some Greek. Thats enough old stones for Today. Back at the hotel we met Babette, a Dutch girl who is “working away”. Pretty easy Job, she says: “Free accomondation and meals, some cash. And all that for just helping out a little and talk a bit English with the guests” – sounds nice. I saw her quite often just lying in hammock. Should had done that too in between Highschool and University.
At noon, we decide to get some groceries at the mall (I always get flashed by all the products in those. Tons of candy! ) and head on to the restaurant across the “Maya” we went to yesterday (Mermaid Arielle’s fish-buddy is the mascott there). It seems we even survived the way from the mall to the “hotel-zone” (or “save-zone” ;) ) in the centre. Yes, we are very brave ! From my experience you never get mugged if you just use some “common sense”. Also – despite as reported Palenque being kinda poor, are the poorest people also the friendliest and most generous. As we have a look on the menu, we notice the Danish couple once again. “You should eat here, the octopus is great”, they tell us. I dont feel like fish today, but the non-marine food is also great there. * Again at Colombre, I do some light-painting at the pool.
*Besides: I had the best Pina Colada ever there – without cream? without coco-milk? Just Coco-Cream? No clue, but it was great!