|Drove just a short distance to Bonampak Ruins. Danny took a van to the ruin site while Bill and I decided to skip this one and just take a walk. We took a small foot path that led from the main road through the dense jungle. Very beautiful, green plants everywhere, trees, vines, bromeliads, philodendrons, orchids, mushrooms, butterflies...eventually led to a clearing where someone was growing corn. Walked further down the main road and found a nice spot with an amazing waterfall and lake with cabanas for rent.
Decided to spend the night at the cabana by the waterfall, I think it was called LaCandones. We all went for a walk in the evening along a path that led us by a few local Mayan homes...came across an older Mayan woman who was waving her hands at us as if to say "go away"...so we turned and left at once, only to be followed by a Mayan man who was motioning with his hands and speaking to us encouraging us to return. Turns out they wanted to invite us into their home to show us their carvings and jewelry.
The Mayan men and women here have Asian looking features and long dark hair. This older couple was very friendly. The man had long dark hair that hung over one eye and he was hunched over looking up at us and smiling. They showed us all the wooden things they had carved. The older lady showed us the tools she used to carve the jaguar, pointing out she put the end in the fire and burned designs in the wood. She also showed us where she cut her finger while working...wanting to let us know how much work went into each piece. The man told me how to say my name in Mayan, but of course I forgot. They made clicking sounds when they talked. This was one of the most memorable experiences for me. I love meeting people and seeing how they live. Everyone we meet seems to be so friendly and curious about us too.