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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 2014
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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Houston, Texas
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

i love these ruins, I traveled solo here and i had a great time, met lots of cool people. This place is very mystical.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

A fantastic morning in the ruins. Get there early (it opens at 8am) to avoid the crowds. A picture perfect setting of ruins amongst a lush Mexican jungle backdrop, with howler monkeys and cicadas providing the background sounds. The ruins are truly majestic, I can't quite believe you're allowed to climb them! Just make sure you're wearing comfy shoes, there... More

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Izamal, Mexico
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This is one of the most beautiful sacred sites in all of the Mayan lands! A visit to the museum near the site is also a must.

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6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

If you've visited chichenitza and thought it was amazing then you should also see palenque. Though smaller it has a better jungle charm to it rather than crowds and crowds of ppl walking around with umbrellas like chichenitza. You can still see some of the pigment colouring on some of the walls We spent about 1.5 hrs in the ruins... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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79 reviews 79 reviews
30 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Hiked for almost 2 hours into the jungle. We learned alot about the local plants and animals. We also were shown a hidden Maya temple deep in the jungle.

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Melbourne, Australia
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12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This is definitely worth the trip to see, out of all the ruins i saw in Mexico this was by far the best, our guide was fantastic and did a great group discount it is worth having a guide for here, its such an amazing place to see. Only 2% has been uncovered here and it also boasts having the... More

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Coatzacoalcos, Mexico
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Sun, Humidity, Tired feets, but impressive. Archeology Site, Museum, Little natural museum, paths with wáter and waterfalls, a lot of walk, up and down.

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Montreal, Canada
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191 helpful votes 191 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

It's a bit of a duplication as to reviewing the park and then seeing the second attraction as being the ruins as they are inclusive in the first... First off, the park entrance is cheap, 28 pesos pp. A great deal on tis own, but this does not include the ruins... When you take the time to explore beyond the... More

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Well preserved impressive ruins. Take about 2-3 hours for the whole thing though bare in mind that it gets very hot and humid as the day progresses. A minibus from town costs 15 pesos per person (they will try to tell you that it is 20 but it's not!), and leaves every 15 minutes or so.

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30 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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