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Top Choice Archaeological Site in Palenque

Templo de las Inscripciones Group

As you walk in from the entrance the vegetation suddenly peels away to reveal many of Palenque’s most magnificent buildings in one sublime vista. A line of temples rises in front of the jungle on your right, culmina…
Top Choice Temple in Palenque

Templo de las Inscripciones

Perhaps the most celebrated burial monument in the Americas, this is the tallest and most stately of Palenque’s buildings. Constructed on eight levels, the Templo de las Inscripciones has a central front staircase r…
Top Choice Mexican in Palenque

Restaurante Bajlum

Creative and stunningly presented modern Maya fusion food fills the menu at this upmarket but very inviting restaurant. The house specials include the delicious rabbit with 'jungle herbs' and duck with orange. Much …
Top Choice Seafood in Palenque

El Huachinango Feliz

A popular, atmospheric restaurant in the leafy La Cañada neighborhood. It has an attractive front patio with tables and umbrellas, and there's also an upstairs covered terrace. Seafood is the specialty here: order s…
Top Choice Mexican in Palenque

Café Jade

This very cool bamboo construction has indoor and outdoor seating and is one of the most popular places in town. Its growing fame hasn't led to a reduction in taste quality though, and it serves good breakfasts, som…
Archaeological Site in Palenque

Acrópolis Sur

In the jungle south of the Grupo de las Cruces is the Southern Acropolis, where archaeologists have made some terrific finds in recent excavations. You may find part of the area roped off. The Acrópolis Sur appears …
Archaeological Site in Palenque

Grupo de las Cruces

Pakal’s son, Kan B’alam II, was a prolific builder, and soon after the death of his father started designing the temples of the Grupo de las Cruces (Group of the Crosses). All three main pyramid-shaped structures su…
Archaeological Site in Palenque

Palenque Northeastern Groups

East of the Grupo Norte, the main path crosses Arroyo Otolum. Some 70m beyond the stream, a right fork will take you to Grupo C, a set of jungle-covered buildings and plazas thought to have been lived in from about …
Temple in Palenque

Templo XIX

In 1999, in Templo XIX, archaeologists made the most important Palenque find for decades: an 8th-century limestone platform with stunning carvings of seated figures and hieroglyphic texts detailing Palenque’s origin…
Italian in Palenque

Monte Verde

There's a real Mediterranean vibe to this Italian restaurant tucked away in the forest (do a bit of bird and monkey watching while waiting for your lunch!) and though most people go for the delicious thin-crust pizz…