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“A must if you are in Palenque” 4 of 5 bubbles
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National Park of Palenque
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Palenque Archaeological Site Tour
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Owner description: A wide variety of pyramids, temples and sculptures have all been found at this famous Mayan archaeological site.
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“A must if you are in Palenque”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

Although some parts were closed of to the public, it was still an amazing experiencing such a historic site. Be warned, climbing so many stairs will make sore the next day.

Visited August 2012
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“Hot Time in the Old Ruins Today”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

Palenque is about an hour and a half drive down the highway from Villahermosa, well signposted once you reach the town. You have to pay 27 pesos entry to the park surrounding the ruins and another 57 pesos for the ruins, but there is some free parking at the museum. If you park there, you can enter the ruins from the south. It is a long uphill climb through the forest to the main ruins but there is a small waterfall and smaller ruins in the jungle as you climb to the main plaza, which is in full sun and very hot.. There are some massive pyramids in the center and again to the left of the central plaza and a variety of other structures scattered throughout the site. You can still climb most of the pyramids to see details of stonework, but not the Temple of the Inscriptions, which was closed off completely for visitors while we were there. The Temples of the Fine Relief, Skull, and XIII, the entire North Group and the Tomb of the Red Queen were also closed. Several places especially on the Palacio had interesting stonework and the Palacio also has an intricate series of passages, arches and rooms. There are many vendors on the walkways in one area but not aggressive. The museum is small but has some nice pieces from the site but more keep being moved to the big museums in Mexico City and Merida. The site is packed with tour groups, especially in late morning. No food or drinks allowed in the ruins so hydrate before you enter. There is a lot of hot climbing. Toilets, refreshments, shops, museum and snack bar at the museum entrance. One of my top 10 Mayan sites in Mexico.

Visited November 2012
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“Temple running”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

Fantastic ruins but a sad lack of information - the signposts are small and hard to see and there aren't enough maps, nor is there enough information.

Visited November 2012
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“Interesting Mayan ruins”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2012

We had an English-speaking tour guide recommended by our tour guide from Chiapas Travel and tours who filled in a lot of the details which made the tour very interesting. The ruins are amazing and the grounds are beautiful with a great view of Chiapas from the top of the ruins. We heard loud monkeys in the trees but didn't manage to see them.

Visited October 2012
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“Great - be sure to see everything and walk down”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2012

On our way through Mexico we spent two nights in Palenque. Of course to see the world-famous ruins..actually a former city. We've been to Teotihuacan before and were eager to see this old mayan city.

Not far away from town you'll reach the ruins. Taxis cost about 70 peso. A shared van costs you only 10 peso pp.
At the main entrance (on top of the hill) there's loads of vendors. There's also lots of unofficial tour guides, many of them kids, trying to get some customers. There are also audio tours available.
For only a few peso you'll find yourself soon on the old city's grounds. Even there's lots of tourists, the area is so big and has so many old buildings you won't even notice the other tourists much. Most groups only visit the area right at the entrance (and even leave from there again), so if you walk a little further, you'll find yourself pretty alone soon.
But make sure to see the whole area. There's a trail leading down the hill through the whole old city. It'll take you through a forest later where you'll find more faded ruins, but with lots of character (see my pics). It is a little steep and slippery to walk, but very rewarding. There's so many photo ops and so many interesting ruins to see, it's hard to describe it.

Make sure to bring some repellent...the mosquitoes here are pretty agressive. I even wore long pants to avoid some bites. But it's hot...very hot and damp here. Bring water, you'll need it (except you prefer to buy it on the grounds here...for about 5$ a bottle).

If you ever get close to Palenque, be sure to visit this old mayan city. It's only a half day trip away from Villahermosa or a few hours away from Campeche.

So which one's better...Teotihuacan or this place. Hard decision, but I would say if I only could see one, I'd go for Teotihuacan.
Wanna know more about my trips? Check my profile (where you'll also find my website with more info about my travels).

Visited August 2012
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