Our hotel was located in 3 km from Palenque modern town and 3km from the Archaeological Site. So it is about 6 km from Palenque to the ruins.
It took us about 6 minutes to get to the entrance of the Archaeological Site by bus.
There are 2 different ways to access the site of Palenque. The most common one is to access the site from the parking and to go directly towards the Temple of the Skull and on to the Temple of the Inscriptions. It’s about 1 km walking.
When the excursion is over go down the stairway built along the Otulum river on an easy walk to the site museum.
You can watch my 1 min 19 sec about Palenque Video Palenque On the way to the Archaeological Zone out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
Palenque is located near the Usumacinta River in the Mexican state of Chiapas. It is located about 200 km from San Cristobal de Las Casas, about 150 m above sea level.
How to get there:
1) by bus or by car from San Cristóbal de Las Casas via Ocosingo 205km/127mi on the MEX 199.
2) by bus or by car from Villahermosa 114km/71mi on the MEX 186 to Cataja, turn off right there on the MEX 199.
as far as Palenque (23km/14mi), continue for another 9km/5.6mi to the ruins.
By air-taxi from Villahermosa, San Cristóbal de Las Casas and Tuxtla Gutiérrez.
We got to Palenque by excursion bus from San Cristobal de Las Casas via Zinacantan. It took us 5 hours including lunch in the way.
The elevation of San Cristobal is about 2200m above the sea level. We started from the MEX 190 and made a turn to MEX 199 in about 10 km rising up to 2450m. Then we descended to Ocosingo till 900m, rised again to 1300m and descended to 70m. Then raised up again to 450m and descended till 70m at Palenque.
You can watch my 1 min 58 sec about Video Zinacantan-Palenque by bus part 2 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
Took the ADO GL bus from Palenque to Tulum. Ejecutivo.
528 pesos on friday 29 februari 2008.
First time a bus came late and left late because the driver needed to eat.
So we left 22.00 and not 21.00.
checked in my luggage at 20.30
at 5.00 we arrived at Chetumal. think at 8.30 in Tulum
I came to Palenque with a tour van. I paid 260 pesos from San Cristobal visite Agua Azul Misol-Ha and the Palenque Ruines all entrances included. Then they dropped me at El Panchan. Left San Cristobal 6.35 and left Palenque Ruines at 16.15
To get the ruins, one of the easiest & cheapest options is to take a collectivo from town. From anywhere in town, particularly the main street, you will see mini-vans or larger passenger vans with signs that read “Ruinas”. Stand near the curb and wave at one as it approaches. You can confirm that it is going to the ruins, but the sign displayed in the front window should suffice. Just hop in and enjoy the 10-15min ride up to the ruins. It only costs 10 $MX! Super inexpensive transportation and well worth it! The driver will ask you to pay upon exiting. You can flag one down at top or bottom entrances of the ruins to return to town.
Luckily most of the bus stations are clumped together near the western part of the main street (Juarez). The busiest of the stations seemed to be the relatively newer ADO station, which has several ticket window, several rows of seats, pay restrooms, and a small concessions stand. I would advise getting tickets the day or so before you plan to head out of town, as there seemed to be many people at all times of the day. The ticket lines do move quickly though. The audio system here was not good, and thus difficult to hear, even is you speak fluent Spanish. I would advise that you stand near the boarding area to watch for your bus, as you may end up missing the announcement.
I am planning to visit Flores next month early this year.
During go there from Paleque by public transportation, also wish to visit
BONAMPAK, or YAXCHILÁN hopefully. But the time is not enough by geneal tour so I dream another itineraries as follows.
First day : Early moring (about 06:00) walking the ruins of palenque
After lunch go to FRONTERA COROZAL by combi or colotivo
sleep at any hotel in FRONTERA COROZAL
Second day : Go to BONAMPAK (by public transportation) or YAXCHILÁN (by boat)
After some tour return to FRONTERA COROZAL
Cross the river by boat to Bethel, Guatemala, ride bus to Flores
My question are 1) Is this possible ?
2) Are there Any accomodations at FRONTERA COROZAL .
3) Always some travellers take their accomodations at FRONTERA COROZAL .
4) How much dangerous around FRONTERA COROZAL at nightlife.
I am glad to receive any recommendation from a person experienced.
Getting to Palenque is rather simple but does require planning in advance. To get to Palenque from Cancun you take Route 307 south until you get to Route 186. Turn right and proceed west on Route 186. Be sure to fill up with gas in Escarcega which is the last place to get gas before you reach the turn off for Palenque. From Escarcega its about two hours until you get to Route 199 which will take you to Palenque. From that turn off its about 20 to 30 minutes to the town. The total travel time from Cancun to Palenque is about 10 to 12 hours depending on road construction, which as of Sept. 2007 was in full swing, and how fast you choose to drive. My recommendation would be to just plan on a all day drive and take your time. The roads are only two lanes and in the construction zones the flow of traffic share one lane! Additionally plan on leaving early in the morning as you do not want to do alot of driving at night. Its hard to see and don't be surprised if you end up hitting one of the huge topes (speed bumps) that are not visible at night, much less marked. I hit one going 80km and it was like a scene from a action movie, my car flew through the air and skidded twice on the landing. Luckily it was a rental!
There are three excellent ‘tourist attractions’ along the highway Palenque – Ocosingo. If you’re staying in Palenque, you’ll first get to the Misol-Ha falls… then to Agua Dulce, some sort of lake along a river (never been there, but it’s supposed to be beautiful)… and then the Agua Azul falls.
There are vans (‘colectivos’) doing that route … but when you get off at Misol-Ha, you need to walk around 2 KM to where the falls are. At Agua Azul it’s about 4 KM … so there are some pick-up trucks sort-of-taxi that takes you to the falls for around $15 or $20 per person (you can always bargain there).
If you decide to do all three, you can always hitch-hike while you wait for the ‘colectivo’ … whatever comes first will take you there faster and perhaps for free.
Palenque is both a town and National Park with a distance between them that is a VERY long walk. Most people arrive at the Palenque bus station, and then share a minivan taxi service for the ride out to the rustic hotel system that has developed near the National Park entrance. The town of Palenque also has a few hotels, but the rustic camp style hotels are very competitive in price and in a great location. In any case though, most people find a need to travel to and from the pueblo for one reason or another, and there is a system of taxis that operate during the day. Watch out for taxi drivers that want to drop you off at the hotel of their choice when first arriving. Also, their are taxis that will serve to take people from the rustic hotel areas right to the entrance gate at Palenque National Park. It's quite possible to hike this distance of about a mile or so.
The ride from San Cristobal to Palenque is a bit rough... It is only about 250km but takes 5 hours and costs 120 pesos (12USD) one way with a first class bus. The road is VERY slow as it twists and turns through very scenic mountain roads and rather desolate Chiapas villages. Strong stomach required! Especially if a small baby vomits one row behind you. YURK!! Bus-jacking has been reported, so it is advisable to travel by day.
The "colectivos" to the Palenque ruin leave down-town Palenque from the intersection Av. Juarez/Calle Allende and cost 10 pesos (1 USD) each way. You can get on one of the colectivos anywhere along the way to the ruins. DO NOT BUY A RETURN TICKET!! There is a ticket office at Av. Juarez/Calle Allende and they will try to sell you a return ticket, this ticket is however only valid for one type of colectivo, so if you buy the return ticket you'll have to wait at the ruins untill the right type of colectivo van comes along. This tip is valid for rides to all sorts of attractions all over the world: They will always try to sell you a return ticket stating that there might be no transport back. There ALWAYS is, infact you can often get a better deal by hooking up to a group or other at the attraction.
IF YOU'VE NOT ARRIVED IN PALENQUE AS PART OF A TOUR GROUP AND SAY LIKE YOU CAME BY COACH FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE, THEN YOU MORE LIKELY TO END UP IN TOWN.
LOOKOUT FOR PLACES WHERE MINI BUSES STOP, AND LOOK FOR THE ONES THAT DISPLAY THE SIGN "RUINAS". CAN'T REMEMBER HOW MUCH THEY COST BUT AS FAR AS I REMEMBER, THEY ONLY COST A SMALL FEE
In Palenque, there is a conspiracy to sell package van tours to Bonampak, Yaxchitlan, and Tikal/Flores. These include food, tour time, and transportation, but the prices are a multiple of what it costs to arrange the trip yourself. In Palenque is a combi station where one can simply buy a ticket to near Frontera Corazal. It shouldn't cost more than $10-$20. The last section from the junction that leads to Bonampack requires a separate taxi as I recall, but they will be waiting when you get there. Typically, others on the combi are also interested, so sharing a taxi is typical. At Frontera Corazal, hire a boatman to take you across to Bethel or downriver to Yaxchitlan. Organizing the transportation yourself will provide more time to browse the ruins (see Yaxchitlan, Guatemala).
From the main terminal in Villahermosa to Palenque is only a couple of hours by first class air conditioned bus. We left in the mid-afternoon after visiting Parque La Venta where many of the Olmec Civilization artifacts are on display (see things to do in Villahermosa). The bus ticket is well under $10 as I recall. Once in the hamlet of Palenque, find a combi, a minivan jitney service, departing for the ruins complex itself. Within a mile or so of the ruins is an extensive network of primative style bungalows which are very popular. See accomodations tips.