Palenque is a place I will always equate with adventure, exploration and the romance of travel. Her elegance in the midst of lush jungle is unparalleled among the ancient Maya ruins throughout Mexico, Belize and Guatemala for me... So grand the stone the stone structures, in this compact area, which has such a feel of a grand plan in its' construction. The mist and fog feathers the jungle and the upper angles of the pyramids, to where you can just imagine and hear the high priests and Maya followers discussing their take on reality concerning the cosmos and geography. I imagine the brightly colored stucco, smooth faces on the sides of the structures, with large fires beaming from the tops! If you are a fan of ancient civilizations and ruins, then Palenque is a must see and experience. Time always stops for me when I am among the ruins ofd palenque. The ruins sit about 6-7 hours from San Cristobal de las Casas in state of Chiapas. Many daily trips in combis will get you there for little cost. From Tulum it is about 12 hour bus ride overnight. Right near the ruins is a place called Mayabell, ande its a great place to rest your weary bones, and explore the ruins for a day or two. You can string a hammock in thatched huts for a few bucks a night, and hear the howler monkeys wail, while you see toucans flutter above the canopy. There are also simple cabanas available. Tent camping and vehicles are welcome in the large, natural expanse cut out of the jungle as well.