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Pyramids Palenque (Chiapas)

Palenque is without doubt one of the most spectacular ancient city in Mexico! Half broken ancient walls and structures are hidden in a green jungle, so it feels almost as if you were just discovering them yourself. You have to climb at one to see the other. Then you rest in the shade of a big tree or at a riverbank of a small stream. The air is hot and humid. Its best to come early morning when there are only few visitors. The name Palenque comes from Spanish, the original name was most probably B´aakal (a bone). Palenque was a Mayan city with its prime between the years 630 to 740.


What here: Two most interesting structures are El Palacio which is in the middle and Templo de las Inscripciones. This one served as a tomb of Palenque's great king Pacal II (Kan-Hanab-Pakal II). The original beautifully carved sarcophagus and the tomb are closed to general public due to preservation, but you can see a very good replic in the Museo de Antropología in Mexico City.

You should also check Grupo de la Cruz, inside the 3 steep buildings you will find beautiful stone carvings.
Should you have time I suggest you follow the path through the jungle all the way to Baño de la Reina, a small cascade (about 15 - 20 minutes walk from El Palacio).

Entrance fee: 57 pesos plus entrance to the Nacional Park.
How to get here:
The minibuses leave from Palenque city, right in front of the main bus terminal. Palenque has regular bus connections with San Cristóbal, Villahermosa, Campeche or Cancun, however it is better to travel during the day. As the road goes through deep jungle where many poor communities dwell, sometimes night assaults of the buses were reported. Nothing extremely dangerous, but I guess you don´t want to loose you camera with holidays pictures.