Our final stops in Mexico included the city of Chetumal and the tallest Mayan pyramid in Central America located in Coba Ruinas on the Yucatan Peninsula.
On Thursday morning we took a two hour bus trip from Merida to the small town of Piste, which site about ten minutes from the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza. When we arrived, it was incredibly hot and we found out that Piste is a very small dingy town, so we opted to take another bus to the larger town of Valladolid about 40km east.
Monday started out with a long bus ride to Campeche only to find the town flooded. Without much choice, we then boarded another bus to Merida where we would spend the next few days poking around.
The Mayan Ruins at Palenque were our first ruins in Central America and still remain among my favorites. Couple massive pyramids with spectacular waterfalls and you get a day we won't soon forget!
The scenery in Guatemala’s Western Highlands seems to grow more and more beautiful as we continue to travel north towards Mexico. Following the advice from our guidebook, we sat on the right side of the camioneta for the trip from Xela to Huehuetenango. On the two hour drive, we passed through countless lush green mountain valleys and of course, the occasional Mayan pueblo. The vista at times was breathtaking. Guatemala’s Western Highlands have a beauty unlike any I have seen before.