|In our niche|
|Archaeological site of Palenque|
|These mushroooms were growing. |
I love the design elements
|One of many relief sculptures|
|Richard at the bottom of Misol-ha|
The following day was an adventure to two other archaeological sites... Yaxchilan and Bonampak. We had debated whether to do these as they are really off the beaten track and take a long time to get there but they are really worth seeing. Again we were virtually the only ones around ... just a few small groups of tourists. We were 8 people in a van...mostly Mexicans except for a woman from Sweden (who lives in SMA) and her sister visiting from Sweden. We always enjoy the camraderie of a small group on adventures together. In order to get Yaxchilan we drove for 2 1/2 hours and then a boat ride down the river to the site (45 minutes). There were about 30 students at the top of Yaxchilan who were studying the mayan glyphs, analyzing the various parts that are available to see in this remote river front site. Each of the symbols represent a word or several words. The designs are amazing.
|Amazing large trees at Yaxchilan|
|A howler monkey|
Then we headed to the site of Bonampak, a smaller site but known for the amazing murals on the walls that were done over 1200 years ago. I captured a few on photo here but many more still on the camera. Through these murals they are able to determine much about the culture of the people.
|Murals at Bonampak|
|Above a door entry at Bonampak|
|Our hotel in Palenque|
Maya Tulipanes...a day of rest
Once again, thank you to all for traveling and sharing our adventures with us. I know many enjoy this blog, but truly, it is my gift to myself to capture in photo and words some of my memories so I can revisit whenever I want. Love from the 2wo of us.