Palenque

When to go

Jan-March

Ideal length

4 nights

Transfer time

1 hour flight from Patagonia

The stunning archaeological site of Palenque, including the Templo de las Inscripciones, is one of the most renowned burial monuments in the Americas. Palenque was an important power centre during the height of the Mayan civilization that dates back to 100 BC. It is still unclear what led to the important city state’s fall around 800 BC.

OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO IN PALENQUE

YAXCHILAN

Yaxchilan is renowned as much for its incredible setting as it is for its ornamented building facades, roof combs, and impressive stone lintels that depict battles and ceremonial events. Yaxchilan straddles a U bend in the Usumacinta River, which allowed it to control trade throughout the region, making it one of the most important sites in the Mayan world.

PALENQUE TOUR

This can either be a full or half day guided visit to the stunning archaeological site of Palenque including the Templo de las Inscripciones is one of the most renowned burial monuments in the Americas. Palenque was an important power centre during the height of the Mayan civilization that dates back to 100 BC. It is still unclear what led to the important city state’s fall around 800 BC.

LACANDON FOREST AND BONAMPAK

Bonampak was not as important as Yaxchilan, but is famous for its astonishing frescoes, which are located inside the modest looking Templo de las Pinturas. From the consecration of heirs to the throne, to vivid depictions of battles and bizarre rituals of torture and bloodletting, the frescoes are unmatched throughout the Mayan world.

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