It’s ancient, stone structures stand tall against the vibrant green hue of the dense, surrounding jungle. Located where the plains of Mexico’s gulf coast collide with the foothills of the Sierra Madre mountains, this mystic, Mayan metropolis used to dominate what is now the territory of the Mexican state of Chiapas. Known as one of the country’s most important and iconic Mayan archaeological sites, the ancient city of Palenque, Mexico continues to draw visitors from around the globe – and rightfully so.
It’s exquisite Mayan architecture, comprised of hundreds of skillfully crafted, stone structures that spread over an area of at least 6 square miles (15 square kilometers), is unlike any other site found around the world. Imagine witnessing their magnificent design, once constructed without the use of metal tools, animal strength, or the wheel – talk about impressive!
Named in 1567 by Spaniard Father Pedro Lorenzo de la Nada, “Palenque” comes from the nearby Spanish colonial settlement of Santo Domingo de Palenque. Its ancient name was “Lakamha”, meaning “big water” – surely due to its close proximity to the Usumacinta River.
As visitors participate in tours to Palenque and walk the site’s mysterious grounds, they are sure to hear the loud call of the Chiapan Jungle Howler Monkey or catch a glimpse of the region’s brightly colored Toucans. What makes this destination a truly great experience (besides its natural beauty) is the region’s nearly perfect climate.
With almost consistently clear, rainless days and temperatures ranging between 65°F and 80°F during the months of November through March, Palenque weather allows visitors the chance to partake in unforgettable excursions with little to no climate issues. This is especially good news for those who look to explore the ruins by climbing their ancient steps and witnessing the site’s miraculous jungle views.
The Palenque Ruins and Waterfalls tour not only offers guests the opportunity to explore the ancient Mayan city, but to embark on a day of unforgettable exploration as they visit some of Chiapas’ most incredible natural and cultural treasures. With friendly temperatures. sunshine, and clear skies, this makes for every adventurer’s ideal get-a-away.
Although quite dense, the Chiapan jungle is home to a rather refreshing climate during its dry season. While it can become hot and humid during its brief rainy season during the months of July through September, it’s rare for daytime temperatures to drop below 70 degrees fahrenheit (21 degrees celsius) or rise above 90 fahrenheit (32 degrees celsius). This is extremely beneficial to visitors who love outdoor adventures, such as the Aluxes Eco Park tour.
Accompanied by these pristine weather conditions, guests are able to explore Aluxes Eco Park without interruption. With a mission focused on conservation, habitat rehabilitation, education, and wildlife rescue, the park is home to over 55 regional tree species on 12 acres (5 hectares) of wetlands and an impressive 1,000 or more recorded bird species and 200 species of butterflies. Individuals and groups alike are sure to fall in love not only with the region’s spectacular Mayan ruins, but also the natural landscape and thriving wildlife that encompass them.
It’s important to keep in mind that while the site of Palenque and nearby natural wonders are a must-see, the state of Chiapas is home to a plethora of archeological sites and sweeping landscapes, not to mention some of the best Mayan ruins in Mexico. A visit to additional locations such as the incredible site of Bonampak – where guests can witness spectacular, ancient murals or the hidden site of Yaxchilan – which can only be accessed via the Usumacinta River – are not only worth the extra time, but will be some of the most unforgettable experiences during your stay. The Hidden World of Bonampak and Yaxchilan Tour is the perfect combination for those looking to explore as much as possible.
With so many options to explore and learn, it has become extremely evident as to why this remote, Mexican destination has started to gain international fame. Home to lush landscapes, awesome structures, and a nearly perfect climate, the ancient city of Palenque is able to offer its visitors the full package. Don’t wait – come enjoy this Chiapas adventure and explore one of Mexico’s greatest, hidden treasures. You are sure to make memories that will last you a lifetime.