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Swimming in the blue waters of Aqua Azul in Palenque

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I dived into the cold turquoise blue water, very refreshing. Just floating, I allowed the current to take me downstream, it was too strong to swim against anyway. I then made my way into a calm bay before the waterfall I knew was coming. Taking my time before climbing out onto the rocks to warm in the sun shine.

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Spending a day at Aqua Azul is definitely worth it. It is very much like the Chemuc Champey I saw in Guatemala not too long ago. The water is very clear and turquoise blue in the natural pools. The difference being, that at Aqua Azul the current is in many places very strong and you have some minor waterfalls scattered between the pools. So you want to avoid those, as I imagine, they wouldn’t be too pleasant to go thru.

But it’s a great place for just lazying about the whole day, taking the occasional dive every now and then before retiring again to the rocks to warm up.

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The other water related sight I visited while in Palenque was Misol-Ha. An over 35 meter waterfall in the middle of the jungle. You see the water drop from the cliff high up into the blue pool below, creating a small rainbow above the water. The pool is surrounded by lush green jungle. Beautiful place.

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No visit to Palenque would be complete without visiting the Palenque ruins, which were only about 10 minute ride from my jungle lodgings. I had a cabaña in the jungle with a terrace overlooking a river, well maybe not a river, it was only about a meter wide, so a terrace overlooking a stream, but a very nice one.

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Anyways, the Mayan ruins are in quite a good condition, surrounded by the jungle, which makes it quite a nice place to stroll around. Oldest of the ruins date back to 100 BC with the last ones being from around 800 AD. Maybe it was the jungle surroundings, but I enjoyed the ruins more than some of the other ones I’ve seen in Central America, thou it still has to be said, that Palenque doesn’t beat Tikal, which is still my favorite ruin in Central America.