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Palenque, Chiapas - Mexico
We are in our fourth hour of "passing the time" until our bus departs (only nine to go). Alas, I shall catch you up.
We arrived in Palenque around 7pm Tuesday. Due to the spring equinox and an alleged music festival, it quickly became apparent that all of the recommended places- and then some- were booked (no one takes reservations). Eventually we found two available cabañasat Michol’s, though as Portia relevantly noted, they more closely resembled tool sheds than sleeping quarters- in fact, they put the "rust" in "rustic". We were out of other options however, and "adventure" was, after all, our objective!
The good news was that Michol’s was a lot more subdued than the other hotels, all of which seemed to have perpetual Hippie Happy Hour. Nonetheless, said Happy Hours were still audible and my cold, cinder-block-ensconced outdoor shower was accompanied by an interesting symphony of crickets, bird calls, and- techno music.
Fortunately nights are cooler here than in Villahermosa, as we had to sleep fully clothed in order to avoid the mosquitoes and other potential creepy crawlies in our tool sheds (Portia was kind enough to remind us about scorpions before bed). We rose early and received the first of the day’s many sales pitches for local hallucinogenic mushrooms (no wonder the hippies were so happy). I wanted to explain that my life was hallucinatory enough without the aid of psychedelic fungus, but naturally all I was capable of communicating was "no, gracias" with progressively less patience!
As Portia and Ben wanted a warm breakfast, we agreed to meet at the ruins later and Marlon and I headed up the road to the Zona Archeologica Palenque. Along the way, we enjoyed some of the Star Essence Flower and Gemstone Essences I’d brought: the quintessential Travel Solution, Illumination, and my own blend, “Sacred Site" (Chaska, High Frequency, Sublime Chocolate, Whale Time, the Earth Balancing Trinity, and the Soul Purpose constellation, plus Lemurian Quartz). We shared them with the trees too, however there was too much barbed wire to offer any to the cows.
We were mildly delayed by the fact that tickets purchased before 9am were only available an additional one and a half kilometers up the road (for the record, the site opens at 8am), but then we were in!
Palenque, part of the Maya civilization, is one of the most intact and aesthetically majestic ruins in Mexico. With an average of 85 inches of rain a year, it is also one of the wettest, which is evident in the deliciously lush tropical forest that surrounds the site (and which kept it well hidden until the 16th century). I found it almost over-powering in presence and scope- the intensity level of the energy was both exhilarating and draining.
After touring and photographing all of the most quintessential and/or intriguing ruins, we met up with Portia and Ben at the Templo de Las Cruces, which- as it sits elevated above the rest of the site- provides a positively breath-taking view of the ruins and surrounding jungle. It was nice to rest our tired legs and allowed us to appreciate the site in a more receptive fashion. (I became momentarily emotional when my past life as a Palenque priest came to consciousness for healing.) Revived by our respite, we continued our explorations, ending with the pristine waterfalls and bathing pools which used to serve as ceremonial baths. Much to our consternation, there was no swimming allowed, however Ben (ever the rebel!) ran around the barriers and stuck one toe in.
Our sleep was much improved last night by finding a hotel in town of the non-toolshed variety (ironically, at hotel "Los Angeles"). Tonight we take the over-nite bus to Chetumal on the Caribbean coast, where we will dip into Belize for- what else- more Mayan ruins. (Our original plans to check out Reserva Biosphera Calakmul and its ruins were dashed due to transportation concerns.)
Hasta luego, amigos!
Much love, Arielle
Vibrational alchemist, writer, artistic mystic, pack mama and spiritual adventurer living in The Goodland - Goleta, CA. Creator of Lioness Energetics.
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