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mayan ruins and cenotes in Cancun Mexico
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"A prime example of a Mayan sanctuary of the classical period, Palenque was at its height between AD 500 and 700, when its influence extended throughout the basin of the Usumacinta River. The elegance and craftsmanship of the buildings, as well as the lightness of the sculpted reliefs with their Mayan mythological themes, attest to the creative genius of this civilization."

"The archaeological site of Palenque in the state of Chiapas is one of the most outstanding Classic period sites of the Maya area, known for its exceptional and well conserved architectural and sculptural remains. The elegance and craftsmanship of the construction, as well as the lightness of the sculpted reliefs illustrating Mayan mythology, attest to the creative genius of this civilization."

"The city was founded during the Late Preclassic, which corresponds to the beginning of the Christian era. Its first inhabitants probably migrated from other sites in the nearby region. They always shared the cultural features which define the Maya culture, as well as a level of development that allowed them to adapt to the natural environment. After several centuries, ca. 500 A.D., the city rose to be a powerful capital within a regional political unit. Without a buffer zone the total area of the archeological site is 1780 hectares, 09 areas and 49 square meters and 1,400 buildings have been recorded, of which only about 10% have been explored."

This is the kind of stuff that drives guys like [USER=352847]@goodcat[/USER] aka our own Shaun Croft crazy. But I have to give it to him it is damn impressive stuff to see. 

The Yucatan have normal life and the tourist hell. You can still as an overlander do it on the cheap. Basically only go to the Yucatan to see the ruins, swim in cenotes and check out some clothing optional beaches.... 

We booked into a really shitty dodgy hotel close to Chichén Itzá in a town called Piste. We met up with Shaun and a friend he picked up on the road. We stayed for 2 days to do all the sightseeing and get to some cenotes. Since Lara Cousins, sorry aka Shaun was the authority on Mayan history and he has a gift for sniffing out places that's not run over with tourist, he would be our guide for the few days. :thumb

We never made it to the ruins during the day. As we are tight arse overlanders and they had a free night show we decided to rather go see the ruins at night and then decide if it is worth spending the money. Well the free night show was pretty fucking impressive.

"This sacred site was one of the greatest Mayan centres of the Yucatán peninsula. Throughout its nearly 1,000-year history, different peoples have left their mark on the city. The Maya and Toltec vision of the world and the universe is revealed in their stone monuments and artistic works. The fusion of Mayan construction techniques with new elements from central Mexico make Chichen-Itza one of the most important examples of the Mayan-Toltec civilization in Yucatán. Several buildings have survived, such as the Warriors’ Temple, El Castillo and the circular observatory known as El Caracol."

Shaun took us to some uncovered sites the next day. It is mind blowing that there are so many sites that has still to this day not been opened/uncovered. Maybe funds or just that the Mexicans just keep it that way for the future. All the small hills we thought were just part of the natural landscape of the Yucatan turned out to be uncovered sites.

Cenote hunting!!  

And so with Shaun contact and Kurk on the back of his bike we went Cenote hunting. Not the full of pissed up holes the normal tourist go to but pristine holes the locals use.

Now..I am no geologist and the only thing I know about this subject is the mud I ate as a kid. Since the Yucatan is flat in my simple view all the natural ground water, sewage, rain water, cemetary run down and what not has got to go somewhere. My thinking is all the water collects in these holes and in the groundwater aquifers.
Obviously there must be another reasonable explanation why the water are still so clean and clear. The water in the cenotes are a beautiful cobalt deep blue and crystal clear. The type of water you see in James Bond movies when he fights off a villain in a nuclear reactor or those nuclear doccies they show on TV. 

One thing is sure, it's a freaking lot of fun to swim in those holes. Some are open and others still have a roof with a small opening. And some just looks like small ponds.

Taking some rest, the Yucatan can be bloody hot!