Palenque, Merida & Playa del Carmen – Mexico tour days 10 – 15

We had to set off early for Palenque to avoid traffic jams caused by armed union activists who had blocked roads to demand “contributions” to their strike fund. En route we stopped at Aqua Azul and Cascadas de Miso-ha waterfalls. We swam and were able to walk behind the second waterfall. Our choice for the options available for the day was a visit to the archeological site at Pelenque where our guide gave us some more insights into the Mayan world. The Palenque site is unusual for the burial chamber under the pyramid of the inscription and the collection of interconnecting buildings called The Palace, the comb like constructions on the temple of the sun and the temple of the cross. It is also interesting to see where the jungle has grown back over other temples such as the Groupo Norte and the Complex of the Bats. We then travelled to Merida by bus. We opted for the trip to Acanceh with its pyramid beside the modern main square and then on to a ruined sisal hacienda Chunkanan. We viewed Merida’s “Posh” district Paseo de Monjejo and watched some typical Yucatan music and dance. The following day we set off for Playa del Carmen via the huge Mayan site Chichen Itza with its central pyramid “El Castillo” and ball courts. We had a swim in the amazing Il Kil centoe before reaching Playa del Carmen with it’s Caribbean night life for our final dinner.


wet timguavass says:

No human sacrifice in Mexico….

A9JUL says:

Great series of videos. Thank You

Phil Robinson says:

The Mayan ruins were amazing but sad in a way that they got so huge in size and the amount of human sacrifices needed that they just expired and were left to rot but we really liked Oaxaca city with its market and restored centre.

Ander Vega says:

looks like an amazing trip!

Rafaelo Spitia says:

Thanks for the tour of that beautiful zone of my country.

cuco Reyes says:

Watching this video brings back a lot of memories. We pretty much went to the exact same places you guys did, except we went by ourselves (3 brothers) with no guide. Those 3 cenotes you visited near Merida where you ride the rail cart pulled by the skinny horse was a memorable day for me. I really enjoyed swimming in the larger one, it’s so beautiful. Thanks for the video, brings back great memories.

cuco Reyes says:

I have been watching the 4 parts of your videos. You visited some very neat places. What was you favorite part of the trip Phil? I have been to Merida, Chichen Itza, Cenote Il’Kil, and Playa del Carmen. This coming summer I will be in Oaxaca (which is how I found your videos…doing my little research on places to see) , but have never been to Chiapas. 

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