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Monday, 22 May 2017

MY MEXICAN ADVENTURE | Days Three & Four - Palenque

Days three and four of my Mexican BLT tour were spent in Palenque, which is one of the places I was most looking forward to visiting.

However, to get from Campeche to Palenque, we had to go on a long drive - seven hours, to be exact! So we stocked up on snacks, dedicated Matt to the role of DJ and we're on our way. The drive was long, to say the least, but in between napping and reading, it was nice to just gaze out the window and watch the ever-changing landscape around us.

When we finally arrived, I was blown away by our hotel. I'm not sure what happened exactly - I think we were originally going to stay in cabins in the jungle but it then got fully booked up - but instead we ended up staying in a super luxury resort in the jungle. 

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For a long time, it seemed like we were the only ones there! With two pools, hammocks outside our rooms and a spa to enjoy, we spent day three relaxing after the long drive. The pool was absolutely amazing - the water wasn't cold, nor was it warm - it was just right. 

That evening, Delai took us to a stunning place for food called Don Muchos, which was a restaurant in the middle of the jungle. There was also other places and restaurants nearby, all connected by wooden walkways through the jungle, over bridges and such - of course I absolutely loved this! We were seated upstairs with a view overlooking the stage, where a band played Latin music and people danced traditionally. 

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This was a really lovely and laid back evening spent drinking tequila, eating good food and playing a few hilarious drinking games. After dinner, we watched a fire show, then headed downstairs to dance to the music. The band played traditional Mexican music, as well as covers of a few English songs...and we even ended up in a Mexican dance off! I really felt like a local this evening and loved this hidden gem so much. I hope one day I can return.

The following day was one I'd been looking forward to the most - visiting the ruins of Palenque and going on a jungle tour. These activities really exceeded my expectations - the ruins of Palenque were absolutely stunning and like nothing I had ever seen before. My photos don't do them justice but it truly was an amazing site to climb up some of the ruins and gaze across at the archaeological site with the backdrop of the jungle.

It's something I'll never forget.

Formidable Joy | Formidable Joy Blog | Travel | Mexico | Trek America | Trek America Mexican BLT Tour | Palenque

Formidable Joy | Formidable Joy Blog | Travel | Mexico | Trek America | Trek America Mexican BLT Tour | Palenque

Formidable Joy | Formidable Joy Blog | Travel | Mexico | Trek America | Trek America Mexican BLT Tour | Palenque

Formidable Joy | Formidable Joy Blog | Travel | Mexico | Trek America | Trek America Mexican BLT Tour | Palenque

Formidable Joy | Formidable Joy Blog | Travel | Mexico | Trek America | Trek America Mexican BLT Tour | Palenque

Formidable Joy | Formidable Joy Blog | Travel | Mexico | Trek America | Trek America Mexican BLT Tour | Palenque

Formidable Joy | Formidable Joy Blog | Travel | Mexico | Trek America | Trek America Mexican BLT Tour | Palenque

Formidable Joy | Formidable Joy Blog | Travel | Mexico | Trek America | Trek America Mexican BLT Tour | Palenque

Isn't it beautiful?!

After a brief break, we headed into the actual jungle where we learned more about the types of plants and wildlife within and the history of the ruins in the jungle. This was so cool - I honestly felt like Tomb Raider or Indiana Jones! I can't even believe I can tell people I've been into an actual jungle. It was completely off the beaten track too and I would 100% recommend a jungle tour if you're ever in Palenque.

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Formidable Joy | Formidable Joy Blog | Travel | Mexico | Trek America | Trek America Mexican BLT Tour | Palenque

Formidable Joy | Formidable Joy Blog | Travel | Mexico | Trek America | Trek America Mexican BLT Tour | Palenque

However, that afternoon, I had a bit of a bad time! We had the choice between going to two waterfalls and of course we chose the more dangerous one, expecting it to be high so that we could jump off it. We were wrong. 

When we arrived, it was overcrowded and we soon realized we couldn't take our actual stuff down to the natural waterfall, as we'd be starting at one end and ending at the other. So we packed the van as close as we could and had to walk down just in our swimwear with nothing on our feet. I don't think we quite anticipated what we would find at the end but the first part of the waterfall basically required us to walk down slippery rocks through the gushing water, with just a small bit of rope to hold onto. It was so scary. I think if we had the right equipment and had realized what we were really in for we might have been okay but I just found it disastrous from start to finish. Because we had no shoes on, the floor was so ridiculously slippy that we kept slipping over repeatedly. We had to hold on a lot and could have very easy of slipped down completely and just...fell/slipped down the rest of the waterfall. Two or three times I almost hit my head on the rocks too.

Although it sounds like I'm over exaggerating, it's something I would love to do under proper circumstances one day. But I didn't enjoy any of it as I didn't feel safe at all. Then it came to the area where we were supposed to jump off. I took one look at it and knew it wasn't possible.

There was just a small ledge to jump from, with thick branches jutting out beneath. It wasn't a straight down jump and would require us to jump forward OVER the thick branches, which I just didn't feel I could do. The ground was slippery from the rain the night before, so a running start (which may have helped) wasn't possible either.

Some of the group did it and I'll be honest, I felt like a complete tit for backing out. Normally I'm the first person to say 'fuck it' and do that type of thing - but even I knew my clear limits there. I knew straight away that I didn't have the capability to jump off safely. Myself and another girl made our way through the jungle to the bottom and although the view when I had a little swim was pretty, I just didn't have it in me to enjoy it.

Still, I had a kick-ass gnarly bruise from rope burn that I enjoyed showing off for the rest of the holiday.

That night, whilst the others went for a nocturnal jungle tour at a nearby zoo, Tommy, Matt, Dom and I had a nice dinner in the restaurant. I had the most amazing meal of melted cheese and chorizo in a pot with little wraps filled with tomato, onion etc and it was so good. I still haven't stopped thinking about it. We also had a hilarious incident dubbed 'lemongate' (the staff simply did not know what a lemon was) and I giggled when the waiter insisted on bringing over a coat rack for my tiny bag and lightweight shawl.

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18 comments:

  1. This looks so pretty! Hope you had an amazing time! Xx

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    1. It was stunning! And I did, thank you :) xx

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  2. Oh wow you got some amazing photos! Looks like such a beautiful place!

    Terri / www.territalks.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! I feel that the photos just did not do it justice at all! x

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  3. Omg I'd love to go to Mexico ❤️ I'm so jealous 🙈

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    1. Ahh it wasn't easy getting there, haha, it took a lot of saving! But it was totally worth it of course :) x

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  4. Some really beautiful photos :) it looks lovely xx

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  5. It looks amazing! Lovely photos as well

    Tasha x

    http://itsatashathing.blogspot.com/

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    1. Ah, thank you! I'll definitely never forget it! x

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  6. Omg this is so cool! Such a fun exciting trip, its making me wanna go travelling even more!

    https://thetypicalbeautyblog.wordpress.com

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    1. You should definitely take the plunge and go! x

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  7. This makes me want to go on so many adventures!

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  8. Wow it look breathtaking! What a fab adventure! 💖

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  9. This sounds amazing! I'd love to go into the jungle

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  10. These views are incredible, glad you had such a good time!

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  11. Ohhh I'm jealous.. always wanted to visit mexico. It looks amazing!

    Kumbear Xo

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  12. Wow such a stunning area, glad you had a good time!

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