While importing my photos from what had been the best day of our trip so far, something went wrong and bam- they were all gone. So writing and Tamsin’s photos are going to have to suffice.
But picture this. Ancient ruins in the middle of a jungle. We were in Palenque. We met this old little man who had been a historian since 1965, and in my opinion a bit of a conspiracy theorist.
He believed that the Maya were the world’s biggest hoax! But in the photos of the carvings, and the carvings themselves, there were Indian meditation hand symbols, the egyptian key of life and all these other influences from the Chinese and the Greeks.
So.. He believed that the ruins weren’t built by the “Maya” really, but first by the Chinese, followed by the Indians and Egyptians, and Greeks; even the maya language is a mix of all these cultures.
To me that says that the Maya existed- but they were a mix of all those cultures. And maybe they didn’t built the pyramids all at the one time as a complete civilisation, but slowly became a mix of each, and each culture added a bit more to the structures.. [insert picture of carving here]- wait, don’t have it anymore.
But before we even reached the temples, we went to Agua Azules- and its one of the most beautiful places i have seen here.
The water is out of this world, so turquoise blue that it looks fake, or saturated. It looks like something out of a fairy story book or something. We swum too and there weren’t many people there at all. It was unbelievable.
I also took some cool photos of lizards and butterflies. Which I would [insert lizards and butterflies here]. But alas, the photos are gone.
Then we went to this waterfall, and entered this pitch black cave with some torches, and inside the cave was this mini waterfall and all these bats! They were flying off the roof, which looked like the stone had been dripping and melting like wax for a thousand years. It was so cool. It was really hard to get a picture, but i go a few shots of the bats, then i thought my flash might be paralysing them so i left the cave too.
And then jumped from the rocks INTO to this water fall.