Day 27: trip to Aguas Azul, Mishol Ha and Palenque (3)
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An hour later we continued to the next waterfall, Mishol-Ha. And this is where the trouble really started. One of our fellow travellers on this trip was a German professor in his fifties. The moment we arrived at Mishol-Ha he insisted that we would continue on to Palenque, because the site of the ruins would close at 5. It was a quarter past 2, and the trip to Palenque would take about 15 to 20 minutes according to the guide, so the rest of us didn't see the problem in stopping here for 15 minutes or so. The others agreed, there were also four Italians in our group, and they had picked this tour for the same reasons as us: to visit the waterfalls on the way to Palenque. Otherwise we might as well have opted for the cheaper Palenque-only tour, or better still, taken a public bus to Palenque! And besides, we were here already, if he had said so the moment we had left Agua Azul, we could have discussed it while driving, now we ended up arguing for 10 minutes, which would have been ample time to quickly visit the waterfall of Mishol-Ha in the first place.
The German guy started swearing and cursing and even calling us names, because he felt he had made it clear to everyone that we would not stop here. Well, not quite so, he had mentioned it once in the morning in San Cristóbal, but the rest had decided to skip the breakfast stop to make up for the lost time instead. And once again, we were there already!
And the waterfall was definitely worth a visit. A beautiful curtain of water, behind which you could walk into a cave. And the waterfall and residual pool was surrounded by a stunning green jungle.
But the German guy kept arguing and insisted he would be driven to Palenque right this instant. The driver, who obviously didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings, especially not after it had been his fault we had left so late in the first place, asked us if we mind if he would drive the German guy to Palenque, and come pick us up later.
The German and the Italians left, while we stayed behind with the Australian couple to visit the the waterfall. We also had a nice little lunch at the little café next to it.