I was all set to write about the Palenque ruins today, but that's a big post with a lot of photos, and time kind of got away from me on a busy day, so this will be a shorter, simpler post with a potpourri of photos from around town during our stay. Palenque was unlike the cities we'd been too so far -- no brightly colored colonial buildings in a centro historico district and a bit grittier. But even though it was not as beautiful, we always felt safe walking around (including at night). This was a normal city where folks were just out and about living their lives. If the ruins were not so close by, they'd probably never even see a tourist.
Sign marking the "La Canada" area of town where our hotel was
Lots of construction going on in the center traffic circle of town where this cool Maya head sculpture is
Fence around graveyard in downtown Palenque
Ready to go to the Palenque ruins
Cute orange VW Beatle
Festive holiday flags
A local bar with an amusing sign in front...
"No entry for uniformed minors and mentally ill"
This tree in La Canada was as wide as I am tall. Too bad -- I guess it had died and had to be taken down. Such a specimen.
Looks even better on a sunnier day, no?
Statue of Maya warrior in front of Best Western hotel in La Canada
Quite a bit of traffic, especially taxis
We shopped for snacks at this store affiliated with Wal-Mart
We got all this for the equivalent of $6.80 US. What a deal!
Stay tuned for more on Palenque!