PALENQUE 2 nights:
Palenque (Bàak' in Modern Maya) was a Maya city state in southern Mexico that flourished in the 7th century. The Palenque ruins date back to 100 BC to its fall around 800 AD. After its decline it was absorbed into the jungle, which is made up of cedar, mahogany, and sapodilla trees, but has been excavated and restored and is now a famous archaeological site attracting thousands of visitors. It is located near the Usumacinta River in the Mexican state of Chiapas.
Because of its proximity to the Palenque ruins (approx 9kms), the town caters to travelers by offering accommodation in a relatively high number of hostels, posadas, hotels and a campground.
City is the hub for local and regional transportation, cheap food is sold at the small taco stands, but if you need something more substantial there are many restaurants to choose from.
Palenque is most famous for its archaeological ruins, near the city. There are numerous colectivo … read morebusses making the circuit from town to the ruins for only 10 pesos. Walking between the trees, admiring the ancient architecture, that's what Palenque stands for.
The site is medium sized, compared to others, but it contains many important temples, beautiful Maya architecture, sculptures and carvings.
Staying 2 nights in Palenque will allow you to visit the archeological site one day and the wonderfull waterfalls of the area the second day.
- NATURAL BEAUTY IN THE AREA -
-- Cascadas de Agua Azul
Located about 100 miles northeast of San Cristobal on the way to the Mayan ruins of Palenque is a series of waterfalls and crystalline blue pools. It is most impressive during the dry season (November thru March) as the wet season brings a lot of water movement and the water get mudy and dirty looking...
-- Cascada Misol Ha
Located about 110 miles northeast of San Cristobal on the way to the Mayan ruins of Palenque is Misol-Ha. The river narrows into a giant waterfall of more than 120 feet into a deep pool. Swim in the pool at the base of the falls or explore the cave behind the falls, which leads to a subterranean pool...