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Top Choice Mexican in Palenque

Don Mucho’s

The hot spot of El Panchán, popular Don Mucho’s provides great-value meals in a jungly setting, with a candlelit ambience at night. Busy waiters bring pasta, fish, meat, plenty of antojitos (typical Mexican snacks),…
Top Choice Mexican in Palenque

Restaurant Las Tinajas

It doesn’t take long to figure out why this place is always busy. It slings enormous portions of excellent home-style food – enough to keep you (and possibly another person) fueled up for hours. Pollo a la veracruza…
Cafe in Palenque

Café de Yara

A sunny start to the day, this modern and beautiful corner cafe has great breakfasts and excellent organic Chiapan coffee. On Friday and Saturday evenings in high season, the lights get intimate and diners are seren…
Mexican in Palenque

La Selva

Palenque’s most upscale restaurant serves up well-prepared steaks, seafood, salads and antojitos under an enormous palapa roof, with jungle-themed stained-glass panels brightening one wall. Try the pigua (freshwater…
Mexican in Palenque


On a corner across from the park, this brightly painted traditional restaurant has a great location. It offers a good range of meat, fish and chicken dishes, and patrons can catch an ever-so-welcome tropical breeze.
Mexican in Palenque

Restaurant Maya Cañada

This relatively upmarket and professionally run restaurant in the shady La Cañada area serves fine steaks, regional specialties and terrific seafood kebabs. It’s open to the air and has a cool upstairs terrace.
Live Performance in Palenque

La Palapa

As freaky-fun as it gets in these parts, this al fresco ‘jungle lounge’ has DJs spinning reggae, salsa and electronica – sometimes punctuated by fire dancing – starting around midnight. There are occasional movie sc…
Museum in Palenque

Museo de Sitio

Palenque’s site museum is worth a wander, displaying finds from the site and interpreting, in English and Spanish, Palenque’s history. Highlights include a blissfully air-conditioned room displaying a copy of the l…
Archaeological Site in Palenque

Palenque Ruins

Ancient Palenque stands at the precise point where the first hills rise out of the Gulf coast plain, and the dense jungle covering these hills forms an evocative backdrop to Palenque’s exquisite Maya architecture. H…
in Palenque

Pizzería Palenque

Light wood tables and a recent remodel have added some sparkle to this very popular pizza place with tasty pies and pastas. Don’t feel like leaving your room? Delivery is available in the center.