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.