Palenque Travel Guide

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Palenque Things to Do

  • 2 Temples

    The first two pieces of the ruins that we saw at Palenque were the Temple of the Skull and the Temple of Inscriptions. The Temple of the Skull is named for the skull at the bottom of the center pillar.The Temples of Inscriptions is the funerary monument of K'inich Janaab' Pakal and records abotu 180 years of history of this Mayan city. While...

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  • Venture Outside of the Tourist Spots

    Lonely Planet gives you some great pointers for the "new" Palenque (as opposed to the ruins). My favorite tip, hands down, directed us to the market square where tourists go to buy "authentic" wares and the taco carts surrounding it. They are the best tacos I have ever had! I would definitely go back for those.But even better, once you get there...

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  • El Palacio

    Make sure you visit the impressive el Palacio (which has images of Pacul, a Palenque Mayan leader). This also has a unique tower which overlooks high atop the palace.

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Palenque Transportation

  • Go to the Selva Lancandon

    Try to get a tour to the Selva Lancandon, the Bonampak Ruins, and the Yaxchilan Ruins. This trip is a wonderful chance of visiting an often missed region of Chiapas. Shop around the various companies to obtain the best price. As always, bargain, bargain, bargain! For additional information, check out my Estado de Chiapas, my Bonampak page, and my...

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  • Going to Merida?

    There are several buses going to Merida, which lies in the Yucatan peninsula. I took an overnight bus and made it there with no worries.

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  • Getting to San Cristobal de las Casas;...

    There are plenty of buses to San Cristobal de las Casas and Tonina. From Tonina, you can take another bus to San Cristobal de las Casas.

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Palenque Local Customs

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    Maya Mural

    by darthmilmo Written Mar 5, 2003

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    The Mayan empire was compromised not by one nation, but rather a confederation of kingdoms or cities. Each regional power had autonomy and as such wars arose between these cities. According to text in the Palenque Museum, the archeological findings of the last few decades indicate that by the year 731 AD there were four major regional capitals in the Mayan Empire. These capitals were Palenque, Copan, Tikal, and Calakmul. A century later, Palenque and Copan entered their declining year. A few centuries later, the increasing push of the jungle overtook what once was a great civilization. Today, archeologists are working around the clock at times to uncover clues to help us better understand the Mayan Empire.

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Palenque Off The Beaten Path

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    Selva Lancandon

    by darthmilmo Written Mar 5, 2003

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    From Palenque, I took a tour into the Lancandon jungle. The jungle excursion from Palenque was awesome! I ventured into the Lancandon jungle with the aid of a tour since the area is not that secure. We were escorted by the 'federales' (police) all the way. During the two days, we visited three Mayan sites and the Lancandon jungle. The first site, Bonampak had impressive steles and Mayan murals in near perfect condition. The second site we visited, Yaxchilan, was engulfed within a jungle. This has to be the best Mayan site I’ve seen so far (well, just went to Tikal, Guatemala today, so Yaxchilan is now the second best... lol). Yaxchilan is not the best in buildings perhaps, but there is something about visiting a Mayan ruins that is the home of a family of howler monkeys. I almost felt like I was in Africa among gorillas for a second there :}. That night we slept on a simple cabin in the Lancandon jungle. The next day we venture into the jungle with a guide. Our guide took us on a 5 hr circuit that included the small Mayan temple of Lacanja. Try to take this tour! This trip is a wonderful chance of visiting an often missed region of Chiapas. Shop around the various companies to obtain the best price. As always, bargain, bargain, bargain! For additional information, check out my Palenque page, my Bonampak page, and my Yaxchilan page. Check out my Estado de Chiapas page for more pics and tips on this tour.

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    • Eco-Tourism
    • Archeology

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