Nestled within Mexico’s southernmost state, Palenque, with its exquisite history of Mayan civilization, deep culture, scarlet macaws and recent improvements to infrastructure, has become a destination to put at the top of your list—especially if you’ve run out of things to do in Chiapas.
The area surrounding the Palenque ruins has a humid climate. In the north, in the area bordering Tabasco, near Teapa, rainfall can average more than 120 inches per year. In the past, natural vegetation in this region was lowland, tall perennial rainforest, but this vegetation has been almost completely cleared to allow agriculture and ranching.
However, rainfall decreases moving towards the Pacific Ocean, but it is still abundant enough to allow the farming of bananas and many other tropical crops near Tapachula. On the several parallel “sierras” or mountain ranges running along the center of Chiapas, climate can be quite temperate and foggy, allowing the development of cloud forests like those of the Reserva de la Biosfera el Triunfo, home to a handful of resplendent quetzals and horned guans.
When you pack for Palenque, we advise packing clothes for all weathers; in the winter months you will need to ensure you pack a stock of warm and waterproof clothes.
However, for the majority of the year, Palenque – regarded as one of the best Mayan ruins – is subject to year-round gorgeous, vacation-like weather. So make sure you dress accordingly.