Out for a drive south of Chisinau, Moldova. Photo taken December 6, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Purcari Winery, Republic of Moldova.

Where are they going next? Transnistria. The country that doesn't exist! Arrive December 8th.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Maya Bell Campground (day 4)

Wednesday January 28…10:30pm

We walked back up to the museum that is part of the Palenque National Park. We didn’t know if you have to pay, and as we entered, the person at the desk was looking after a tour group that had just come in.

We saw the sign that said 51 pesos, but nobody asked us for money or a ticket. We figured maybe because there was some renovations going on that maybe the fee was waived.

We found out afterwards that your entrance to the museum is included in your ticket to the ruins. We later figured out that because we entered at the same time as that tour group, they just assumed we were with them, and that we were paid up. We had a good laugh about that.

The museum is worthwhile. Almost all of the artifacts are original pieces that have been uncovered at the Palenque ruins. Most of them date from the 6th to the 8th centuries. The detail in the carvings and figurines is amazing.


Mayan statue from the 7th century


This detailed figurine is only about 5 inches high


This jade mask was found in one of the crypts


A copy of K'inich Janaab' Pakal tomb, the original is still in the Templo de las Inscripciones at the Palenque ruins

We spent the afternoon by the pool. The campground has filled up quite a bit, but there are still 5 or 6 empty sites. There are as many tenters as there are RV’s. One RV from Quebec showed up yesterday, a large fifth wheel trailer, with 5 slideouts…including the truck, he must be 50 feet long. I can’t imagine driving something like that down here, and we were surprised that he even fit in here. Now that it’s filled up, he’s going to have a hard time leaving though!

We will be on the road into the mountains to the Agua Azul waterfalls tomorrow morning.

Total nights sleeping in a motorhome…462

January Fuel $180.50 CAN

January Grocery $218.62 CAN

January Overnight costs $141.36 CAN

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