Palenque is a quaint, little town and a great gateway into the Maya World. It offers nice, affordable accommodations and different options for a tasty breakfast or dinner. The town is just a few minutes from the archeological site that bears the same name, one of the most astounding Maya cities preserved throughout the centuries, thanks to the lush jungle. Palenque is close to some other important attractions such as the Agua Azul (Blue Water), Agua Clara (Clear Water) and Misol-Ha Cascades.
The archeological site offers a great experience for those travelers interested in the mysticism of ancient cultures, a number of which have neither been uncovered nor restored. Those that have offer staircases so you can go up and admire the landscape, as well as tunnels to be explored. From a distance, you are welcomed by the chant of the howling monkeys that, along with the tropical birds' singing and the intense green of the trees, create a unique ambiance for visitors.
Two of the most important constructions are The Temple of the Inscriptions, which houses the tomb of King Pakal, and The Palace, famous for its watchtower and a ball court, so common in Maya cities. There are many more interesting buildings and a river that divides the city in half. Don't miss the opportunity of visiting Palenque on you next vacation in Mexico. Where Tuxtla Gutierrez represents the modern and San Cristobal de las Casas the colonial, Palenque offers the pre-Hispanic period in the history of Chiapas. These three sites complement each other to make your visit to Chiapas complete.