Actopan, Hidalgo, México

Journey to Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico

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Palenque was a major, major city-state in the Mayan Empire. It’s a day trip from San Cristóbal de Las Casas.

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Even though it’s not as photogenic as other sites, its shear size and amazing structures made it one of my favourite historical sites of all-time, and undoubtedly the best Mayan site. And this is after I’ve visited many other ones in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras.

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The main square – the most iconic section.

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It was the only Mayan site I wished I had more time in. The day trip included several waterfalls and it’s quite far to begin with and it closed from like 4pm.

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It was my first Maya site – very hot.

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The waterfalls were cool, but after seeing so many in Australia and China, I wasn’t too happy about all that time spent there instead of in Palenque.

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Some people swam in safer areas, and there was even a small museum.

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Guanajuato, Mexico

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Guanajuato is the capital of the state of the same name, and a major tourist attraction for the country.

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The bus terminal wasn’t in the city, as the city was accessible only through tunnels like this one.

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Not built on a flat plain, there were numerous alleys and lots of artwork around.

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Another main draw was its mummy museum. Pictured above was the world’s smallest mummy. All natural.

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Whilst it was a colonial mining town, the buildings were one of a kind, at least for Mexico, but possibly for the entire world.

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Tourists were everywhere, and the city was busy deep into the night.

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The university was absolutely beautiful.

Taxco, Guerrero, Mexico

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Taxco was a silver mining town a few hours from the capital, also a nice colonial town.

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Due to its geography, there were more than a handful of small alleys and one could simply walk around, exploring the place.

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I thought it looked like the frontier town in Lord of the Rings, but it didn’t look like that actually.

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Silver stuff were quite cheap there, especially the jewellery. Silverware pictured above were a few thousand pesos apiece.

Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico

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Assuming the throne in hell.

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Morelia is the capital of the state of Michocán. It’s famous for its colonial building, and even The Holy Father visited it.

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I didn’t have a particularly good impressive of it, however. The air was somehow extremely polluted for me, and I had trouble breathing the whole time.

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Puebla, Mexico

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Puebla is the capital of the state of the same name, known mainly for its European architecture (asked in the citizenship test, in fact). In the United States, the cultural significance of the city was probably to do with the celebration of Cinco de Mayo.

Obviously, it’s not that big of a deal in Mexico nationally, but 5 May is the anniversary of the citizens successfully defended themselves against the almighty French military who attempted to take over the entire country just because.

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It’s one of my favourite cities in Mexico since it’s really amazingly pretty.