Palenque Ruins is an Archaeological site located in the Mexican state of Chiapas, it was an astonishing Maya city in the 7th century.
There is no doubt that is one of the most impressive Mayan cities. One of the wonders of Palenque is that it is hidden in the middle of the jungle in Chiapas, the city was immense and because of its location, 98% of the city still hidden in the mystical jungle waiting to be discovered.
Palenque Ruins was considered a very influential spiritual center, and although its apogee was during the 7th century, it was rediscovered until the 18th century. But its restoration and research works happened until the 20th century.
There is still much to discover from this fascinating city, but what nature shows us is enough to take your breath away.
The History of Palenque Ruins
Research suggests that the Mayans founded the city around the year 100 B.C. and for many years the city was involved in glory but also wars and looting.
During a moment of decline, Pakal The Great ascended the throne; he reigned in Palenque since he was 12 years old, since 615-683. Pakal lived to the age of 80, something very unusual at that time.
During his reign, the city lived great prosperity and many of the buildings were constructed at the time. When Pakal died, his son ascended to the throne and built the tomb of Pakal.
The Tomb of Pakal at Palenque
You will find the tomb of Pakal inside the Temple of Inscriptions, at the grave were found the sarcophagus, a fascinating jade mask and many other treasures which are exhibited in the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. If you have the opportunity to visit the museum, you’ll see one of the most important museums in America with 24 exhibit rooms to explore the history of Mexico through the years.
The buildings can be explored inside and outside, which makes the tour even more impressive and magical. Something relevant about the city is that when it was inhabited, the buildings were painted in red, nowadays is different but I love to imagine what it looked like at that time.
It is said that there are approximately 1486 temples in Palenque, you need to imagine everything that is mysteriously hidden in the majestic jungle of Chiapas, Mexico.
The best view should be seen going up to the Temple of the Cross, from there you can observe the city in all its splendor.
I could tell you much more about the majestic Palenque, but the best part is to visit it and be amazed.
How to Visit Palenque
There are several ways to visit Palenque Ruins.
If you travel to Villahermosa, in the state of Tabasco, you can hire a one-day tour to visit these wonders of Chiapas.
Villahermosa, Tabasco is less than two hours by car. You can take a tour, rent a car or just buy the bus tickets on your own. It’s really easy to get to Palenque and you hire a guide there if you want a full explanation about the wonderful city.
If you travel to San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas, you can also hire a one-day tour to visit Agua Azul and Palenque, just keep in mind that the drive is a bit longer, approximately 5 hours.
I want to share with you a tip when visiting Palenque, it is almost mandatory to visit also the fascinating Agua Azul (Bluewater) waterfalls, a natural wonder near the ruins.
If you prefer, you can also stay in Palenque one night, to enjoy the wonders more than one day.
My personal choice would be, visiting Palenque from San Cristobal, because you’re going to get in love with that city too!
Travel Tips Visiting Palenque Ruins
- Comfortable clothes and shoes.
- Mosquito repellant and sunscreen.
- The road has many curves, maybe it’s a good idea to buy some Dramamine. If you’re like me, you’ll need it.
- If you are interested in buying handicrafts, this is an excellent site. A very good prices you will find something you like.
Prepare to enjoy delicious Mexican food or local food, in Chiapas you’ll find fabulous dishes that you have to taste.
Also, if you can spend a few days traveling to Chiapas, I assure you, every spot is marvelous!