|Temple of The Inscriptions|
|1984 Photo of Sarcophagus LId|
We meandered around the grounds today with about 2000 others, guides galore, some Mexicans, many tourists—many different languages spoken, many craft vendors: jewelry, purses, hats, clay carvings, leather artwork, paintings, you get the picture. But this time they are stretched out along the walkways and eventho not barking for business, they are intrusive.
And the tourists, come by the busload and travel in herds. Much like little ants climbing the ruins, looking about, taking pictures and scurrying down just to do the same thing to the next temple mound. Not sure if they stop to smell the oldness and what used to be the sacred-ness of this site.
We did find an area that is little traveled—Grupo C—which had not been excavated when we were there last. Grupo C is located east of the north group, down a path, over a bridge, near the Queen’s Falls and a bit past the turn off for the museum. It took some effort, but worth the walk. Secluded, dark, mossy, quiet and seemingly untouched, we were reminded of our first visit to Palenque. Few venture here.
We will return tomorrow, it’s the end of the Mayan calendar! Rumors abound of groups planning to gather at 11:11a.m. (we don’t understand the significance of the time, or how it was calculated) in the central plaza for “ceremonies”—we gotta get good seats in the shade for this spectacle!