Carretera a Palenque- Zona Archaeologica Km. 8, 29960 Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico
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Maya Royal CityPalenque was a classic Maya city-state located in Chiapas, Mexico, and has gained notoriety among Maya archaeologists for its extravagant architecture and refined art and writings. The temples perched upon a hill adjacent to the main plaza of Palenque give you a view from the top of the world all the way to the Gulf Coast. The Palace and Temple of the Inscriptions are two of the most remarkable structures ever conceived of by the classic Maya. The Temple of the Inscriptions is the only pyramidal structural built by the Maya specifically as a burial chamber for a ruler, similar to the Egyptian pyramids. The Palace was constructed as a succession of platforms built one on top of the other by each new ruler and has a distinct underworld and overworld. The underworld contains a series of passages and rooms for conducting ceremonies, and the overworld is where the rulers lived and performed other important rituals. The overworld theme is expressed further by the addition of a unique tower dedicated to the wind god and may have served as a lookout as well.
about 5 years ago
Of all the Maya ruins, none exude the royal, palatial feel like Palenque. Perched in the hills with broad sweeping views down into the gulf plain below, one can sense the power the rulers must have felt at this location. The architecture and spatial arrangement of buildings are in harmony with the natural terrain. The structures have detailed stucco depictions of the elite and their gods. All of these factors combined with the howler monkeys and rainforest overgrowth make for a truely magical experience; especially if you get there right when they open before the tour buses and midday heat arrive.
about 5 years ago
The elegance of Palenque...
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.