Pan-American Highway to Palenque

We waited out the roadblock in Ocosingo (see our previous post).  It was an interesting experience and we never felt unsafe at all.  When it cleared and we were done with coffee and granola we hit the highway again.  This highway is called the Pan-American Highway according to our GPS.  And a GPS is always right, right??  (That’s a joke, anyone who relies on a GPS knows they are wrong quite often!)  

The Pan-American Highway held a couple of special highway conditions.  In addition to more speed bumps than any other section of roadway in Mexico it also has terrible potholes.  Not the kind that bump a tire or make you splash your coffee in your lap.  But this kind:  panamerican hole.JPG This hole has consumed over half of the roadway.  The centerline stripe is gone.  Travelers have carved out an area on the other side in order to get around it.  One car can pass at a time.  This is the kind of pothole that causes people to say DO NOT DRIVE AT NIGHT IN MEXICO.  Coming from this direction there are no markings, no warning signs, not even an orange cone, just a hole.  Imagine approaching this in complete darkness!  panamerican hole1.JPG

But even with all the challenges, the highway delivered us safely to Palenque.  There we met up again with our friends The Slow Dutchman and several other travelers at the campground near Palenque.    We took a guided tour around Palenque to learn the basics, then explored the ruins further on our own.

palenque steam and incense bath

These holes are inside the traditional Mayan steam bath house.  One side for hot rocks and water, one side for incense. The original aromatherapy!

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Mike and Geneva at Palenque!

palenque sarcophagus

And then at the end of a hot, humid tour lies the prize!  An air-conditioned room containing the HUGE sarcophagus that was exhumed from the temple.  Cool stuff, literally!

Palenque is a large archeological area with many structures to explore.  We enjoyed our time there and with The Slow Dutchman.  We are now going towards the Yucatan Peninsula.

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5 responses to “Pan-American Highway to Palenque

  1. Hello- Yes, this is a WordPress blog. There is zero background knowledge needed to start using their format. I am sorry that I did not see this sooner. I hope you are already blogging away!

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  2. Howdy are using WordPress for your site platform? I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and create my own. Do you require any coding knowledge to make your own blog? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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  3. Chichén Itzá is a larger archeological area. There are more structures to see. But it is easy to access and near a tourist destination so it is crowded and costly. Palenque takes more effort to reach, so feels less crowded. But Tonina is the winner of the archeological ruins contest – in our opinion!

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