We made our way to Palenque to check out the Mayan ruins near there. We stayed in a little cabana community called El Panchan just outside of the gates of the park. The little village was set in the middle of the jungle and had groups of cabanas all over with a few little spots to eat mixed in the middle of them all. We stayed in the ghetto cabanas which were shoddy but kind to the pocket book ($15 a night). It rained here more than we've ever experienced and with so much humidity in the air, our gear was eternally damp. To top it all off, poor Jared had his first taste of Montezuma's revenge and had to deal with it in the dirtiest bathroom in Mexico. On the upside, the view from our front door was awesome.
The ruins of Palenque are in the middle of a tropical jungle and are over 2500 years old. It's amazing that they were ever discovered and the best part is that you're allowed to climb around on them!
The Mayans culture was based on the caste system and the royalty lived with many slaves. Their were quite a fierce bunch and when they conquered other cities, they brought the people back to sacrifice them to their gods. They also practiced blood letting to appease their gods. The tablet that I'm lounging on below has likely seen more bloody action than I care to think about...
The ruins were amazing and well worth the journey to see them.