It was an early start as the group had chartered a private bus to take us to Palenque. This way we were able to stop at both Agua Azul and Misol-Ha, two different but impressive waterfalls on the way. Simone was feeling much better but the winding road through beautiful mountain scenery took its tole on a couple of others. Having to slow for the 280 odd speed bumps that littered the roads or for the kids holding string across the road hoping to slow the buses and cars in order to sell them some snacks didn't help.
The first waterfall took about 3 1/2 hours to get to and it was rammed full of locals. We walked around taking pics before a handful of us ventured into the gorgeous blue water for a swim. I love waterfalls so this was just my sort of thing! As with the Sumidero Canyon it was just nice to be out of the towns. Following a couple of hours at Agua Azul we drove for another hour to Misol-Ha. This had a 35 metre waterfall and you could walk behind it and up into a cave. We didn't have a lot of time here so couldn't swim but it was still great. Apparently the waterfall scene from predator was filmed here!
We drove on for only about another 35 minutes before we reached Palenque. We were staying at El Panchan, a kind of hippy retreat in the jungle. The rooms were fairly basic with mesh for windows and a few big bugs for pets. However the bathroom was great with the shower almost completely open save for the mesh. It was here that the weather completely turned. From blue skies at the waterfalls we suddenly were in torential rain but it was so cool having a shower as the rain lashed down outside. There was only really one place to eat called Don Muchos. We had some food and a couple of beers when we arrived before our showers and we all met up at 7 for food. The jungle setting was great with frogs, glowing flies and somewhere in the distance Howler Monkeys. However it was the hippy's that made this place their home that were the strangest creatures of the lot!