PalenqueMexico

4.6/5Top Destination

Experience tropical Palenque: its ruins, history, waterfalls, and more!

The archaeological site in Palenque is considered a national treasure. Discover stunning Maya temples and palaces. Admire fine sculptures and carvings dating from about A.D. 500 to 800.

Palenque is in the northern part of the state of Chiapas, Mexico. It was an important Maya city and a significant inland trade center from where the Mayas controlled a large territory. Note that the ruins are smaller than others in the country but the buildings were some of the most interesting and beautiful constructions of the time.

Walk around the Maya metropolis and see numerous temples and palaces with wide courtyards, artificial pools and ornamental fountains. Discover the most famous ruins, including the Templo de las Inscripciones (Temple of the Inscriptions), the Palacio (Palace) and the Conjunto de las Cruces (Temple of the Cross Complex). Learn about innovative architectural techniques used in the ancient Palenque city, such as roof corbels, which improve the structural stability of the buildings and create larger interior spaces.

Explore Palenque National Park, which surrounds the archeological site and is home to emblematic Chiapas’ species. A short drive away, visit the famous waterfalls, called Cascadas de Agua Azul, Cascada de Misol-Ha and Cascada de Roberto Barrios. Pay the entrance fee and enjoy swimming and photography in these beautiful places. Agua Azul and Misol-Ha have particularly blue waters due to their rich mineral content. Stop off at the Ecoparque Aluxes (Aluxes Eco Park), about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the ruins. This non-profit organization rescues endangered animals from the area.

Reach Palenque by air or road. Take a direct flight or bus from Mexico City. You can also take buses from other cities, including Villahermosa, Cancun or Oaxaca. Find the Maya ruins about 6 miles (9 kilometers) from the town center . From here, take one of the many colectivos (local buses) that go to the ruins during the day. The town of Palenque itself is very modest.

Known for

Ruins, Historical Buildings and Waterfalls

Top Hotels in Palenque

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Chan-Kah Resort Village Convention Center & Maya Spa
Chan-Kah Resort Village Convention Center & Maya Spa
3.5 out of 5
KM. 3 Carretera Palenque- Ruinas, Palenque, CHIS
$54
per night
Oct 22 - Oct 23

This family-friendly Palenque hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Aluxes Eco Park, Museo de Sitio Palenque, and Pre-Hispanic City and National Park of Palenque. Misol-Ha ...

4.3/5Excellent! (400 reviews)

"Beautiful place to stay! very relaxing with nice swimming pools, spacious rooms and clean, the beds are very comfortable. I will recommend this resort."…"

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2019

Chan-Kah Resort Village Convention Center & Maya Spa
Mision Palenque
Mision Palenque
3 out of 5
Periférico Oriente s/n, Palenque, CHIS
$37
per night
Oct 27 - Oct 28

Located in the heart of Palenque, this spa hotel is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Aluxes Eco Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Museo de Sitio Palenque and Misol-Ha Waterfalls. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (445 reviews)

"It was very clean and the services was great everyone had Avery good actitud"…"

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2019

Mision Palenque
Hotel La Aldea del Halach Huinic
Hotel La Aldea del Halach Huinic
3 out of 5
Carretera a Las Ruinas Km 2.8, Palenque, CHIS
$48
per night
Oct 22 - Oct 23

Situated in a rural location, this spa hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Aluxes Eco Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Museo de Sitio Palenque and Pre-Hispanic City ...

4.3/5Excellent! (264 reviews)

"Location was great for both the town and the ruins. The room was lovely. Pool could have been cleaner and food improved."…"

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2019

Hotel La Aldea del Halach Huinic

Top activities in Palenque

Agua Azul & Misol-Ha Waterfalls and Palenque Ruins
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Agua Azul & Misol-Ha Waterfalls and Palenque Ruins

$40

The Agua Azul and Palenque Chiapas waterfalls tour will allow you to know in part the entrance to the Lacandon jungle, the weather lends itself to swim the turquoise color of its waters, the Mayan city of Palenque and its history will surprise you a tour of Chiapas that you definitely have to take.

Palenque Ruins and Waterfalls - Agua Azul & Misolha
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Palenque Ruins and Waterfalls - Agua Azul & Misolha

$70

Live an unforgettable experience that will captive all of your senses! Our adventure start with the magnificent archeological zone of Palenque that was declared by the UNESCO World Heritage since 1987.

Waterfall of Agua Azul, Misol Ha and Palenque
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Waterfall of Agua Azul, Misol Ha and Palenque

$36

The Tour in San Cristóbal begins between 03:50 and 04:30 a.m. (We pass only to central hotels (They must inform by mail in which hotel they will be staying)) from there they make the tour for Agua Azul (1 hour and a half), then to Misol Ha (35 minutes), Archaeological Zone of Palenque (1 hour and average) and return to the Center of San Cristóbal around 10:30 p.