Saturday, March 23, 2013

Birthday Vacation March 9-16, 2013 - Palenque, MX

This was a highlight of the trip for sure....we got to see some ancient Mayan pyramids as well as climb them...I will let the pictures speak for themselves...very cool.

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the first structure this is the called the temple of the skull and you will see why...bones of priests were found here and it is thought they did rituals and held mass on top for the people below.  They also did both animal and human sacrifices here.

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see it now?
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un touched original...this is actually a skull of a rabbit, it is not formed from a human skull.

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this is the "red queen" temple...they found a red tomb with a female body inside with over 70pcs of Jade adorning her.  They dont know who she is but she was important...they are going to check her DNA with the king and see if she was indeed part of the family and who she really is...

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all these structures are supposed to be entered from the top...this is an opening that is CUT into the side so visitors can go in.

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see that large green "mountain?"  it is actually another Pyramid that has not been dug up...in fact this whole site is less than 5% seen, the rest is all underneath the jungle and natural growth.

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angle on one side of the main palace...
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this is one of the closed off structures...people cannot go inside here anymore...
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just awesome...
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tower inside the palace...
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ancient Mayan toilet...looks kinda comfy huh?  Oh yeah it flushed..it had pressurized running water underneath.  The Mayan engineers were so advanced it boggles the mind.

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inner courtyard where they entertained guests...
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reliefs showing who they conquered...
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beautiful stone carvings..
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working massive door HINGES...so they can open doors. WOW..how did they think of that?

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Super lush and green...
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those stairs were a tad tough to climb..but since I am in such supreme physical shape it was easy for me...NOT!

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yup I climbed that...#crossfitready  LOL!
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awesome time in Palenque...next stop OAXACA!!!!

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