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Yaxchilán – Bonampak


Two last ruins Maya sites before leaving Mexico: Yaxchilán which was a wonderful one - I would say my favorite with Tikal! – in the middle of the jungle! You reach it in lancha (boat) on the Rio Usumacinta, which is already an adventure! I loved to travel there in the middle of 2 countries: Mexico & Guatemala. You even have a red line inside the lancha – as for Boston ;) We could  even explore inside of the building with my electric lamp! It was great to follow this small labyrinth & beeing able to see some bats… Just before leaving we saw one monkey runing from branch to branch while hearing an Alouatta – howler monkey. Pretty loud & I would say a bit scary in the middle of ruins in the jungle! The same noise which woke us up in Palenque… Once again I couldn’t see it…

Bonampak was smaller but quite impressive as it was really high! Especialy to go up! It’s also one of the only site where you can see mural painting.

We spent the night in a Lacadon village – ok it was a bit too much a tourist attraction rather than a real cultural encounter! But the place was nice, close to a small river & it was really interesting to see how the clothing were changing: only white long tunic & everybody (men & woman) with long hair on their back – sorry no pictures! This community is said to be one of the most faithful guardians of their cultural traditions & a model to follow for regional sustainable agriculture.

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