Palenque was my first brush with the jungle. Tucked away in the jungles of Southern Mexico is the Mayan ruin of Palenque. Once an important religious site, all that remains are a series of pyramids and temples dedicated to their gods. For me it was fascinating and I was so excited to explore the site.
The ruins themselves are worth a visit, but I was enthralled by the giant plants. I had never seen leaves this big in my life and had to get a picture.
What you can’t tell in the picture is that I’m starting to freak out. Howler monkeys played in the trees behind me, but I hadn’t seen them yet. Their call is a bit like an African predator and I was literally shaking in my sandals thinking a giant animal was approaching. Needless to say we of course set off into the jungle to see the monkeys. We climbed muddy hills and followed animal paths, but never did get to see them.
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