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National Park of Palenque

Chiapas, Palenque, Mexico
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Ranked #1 of 8 attractions in Palenque
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, National Parks
Activities: Walking, Group tours/bus tour, Swimming, City walk sightseeing
Description: A wide variety of pyramids, temples and sculptures have all been found at this famous Mayan archaeological site.
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52 reviews 52 reviews
24 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This site is a must for anyone interested in Maya archaeology. The city state flourished from around 200BC to 800AD and then after it was abandoned, the site was overgrown by jungle. Only the main part of the complex has been excavated. One of the interesting features of the architecture here is the complex roof combs. If you want to... More

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Riihimaki, Finland
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27 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We visited this interesting park as a group of 30 members from Finland. We liked the park very much. Early morning visit is absolutely the best timing. Take a good guide. We did not like the kitsch sellers. They should not be allowed to enter the park, but who cares? The park itself is absolutely worth visiting!

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Montreal, Canada
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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

This visit should take at least 4 hours. I recommend you buy a guide outside of the site before getting to Palenque ( frommer or other) that explains the ruins a bit more. Early in the morning is definetly the best time to go. Wear good shoes and be ready to climb up lot's of steps. It's awesome to see... More

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Austin, Texas
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Beautiful scenery and jungle, the mountains here are lush and green. Wildlife and flora abound, so much to see!

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Poole
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7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

I've now been to Palenque 3 times and it's always worth a visit. There is no doubt that it's one of the best major attractions in southern Mexico. If you want to get the best out of Palenque (especially for photographs) then my recommendation is to take an easy stroll around the ruins spending half a day there. Climb whatever... More

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Gallup, New Mexico
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

If you do not walk the trail down to the museum after seeing the main structures...you will miss lovely waterfalls and some nice small moss covered ruins.

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Queretaro, Mexico
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

If you want to get in touch with the Mayan culture, you have to visit this place. It is a beautiful area within the jungle. We visited during the month of February and the weather was perfect. I am planning to go back and stay longer.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

If you want to know more about our culture go to palenque it is exciting and beautiful also you will enjoy a sunny weather just be careful with fake guides

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Great pyramids! I did enjoy the view and knowing also the history makes you feel sad. I've seen also Teotihuacan pyramids and I was impressed by this. Comparing between the two, I like Teotihuacan pyramids. But this is a Mayan pyramid and I need to compare the difference. Anyhow, both are great ancient pyraminds and need to be visited. Highly... More

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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

In the middle of the forest, thousands of years ago, ancient mayas built up this site which nowadays enchants everyone will visit it. Cabanas to stay all around the park's main gate entrance. Lovely.

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