Deservedly one of the top destinations of Chiapas, the soaring jungle-swathed temples of Palenque are a national treasure and one of the best examples of Maya architecture in Mexico. Modern Palenque town, a few kilometers to the east, is a sweaty, humdrum place without much appeal except as a jumping-off point for the ruins and a place to find internet access, though a makeover has spiffed up the city’s main road near the park. Many prefer to base themselves at one of the forest hideouts along the road between the town and the ruins, including the funky travelers’ hangout of El Panchán.
Palenque destination guides
Explore Mexico & Guatemala
Travel from the beach delights of Cancun to the Central American highlands on this dynamic Mexico to Guatemala tour. Clamber over ancient ruins at Chichen Itza, explore the pristine shores of the Mexican coast, discover the laidback highland charm of San Cristobal de las Casas and make friends with the locals on a homestay in Guatemala.
Mayan Quest: 9-Night Tour of Mexico and Guatemala from Cancun to Antigua
Follow the ancient Maya through Mexico and Guatemala on this comprehensive 9-night adventure from Cancun to Antigua. Journey past landscapes of unsurpassed beauty – from pristine Caribbean beaches to towering Andean volcanoes – and stay in several colonial towns en route.