archeological | Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel

Brutal sun blazed down on the Mayan ruins of Palenque, Mexico. Heat penetrated the thick rubber soles of my boots and crept up my pant legs as I climbed steep stone stairs of the Palacio – the Palace. At the top, I ineffectually dabbed my beaded brow with a too-wet tissue and blinked away sweat that stung my eyes. Beneath me lay the powerful city that once ruled over a large part of the states of Chiapas and Tabasco in southern Mexico. For miles in every direction, ancient…