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Palenque archaeological zone is situated 8 km from Palenque city in the State of Chiapas, Mexico.
Palenque, located in the northwest of the Maya lowlands, is considered as one of the most important archaeological sites of Mesoamerica. As in other Maya areas, here there was a vigorous development in religious and civil architecture, as well as in art and crafts. The earliest evidence of occupation date from about 100 b.C., when it may have been a small farming village (formative period). Throughout the early classic (300-600 A.D.) the city grew steadily, and by the late classic (600-900 A.C.) it had become the power center that ruled over a large part of what today is the states of Chiapas and Tabasco.
In the State of Chiapas, in addition to the Spanish language, also speaks:: tseltal, tzotzil, tojolabal, chol, lacandon, chuj and zoque. The archaeological site of Palenque lies in chol speaking area; however, tseltal has become the language through which the numerous inhabitants of the various ethnic groups communicate with each other. That is why all archaeological information is in that language.
Inside the main building three tombs were detected that together with three others behind it, were placed as construction offerings. In small plaza to the rear the skeletons of 18 people were uncovered, all of them aligned in a northward direction just as those in the tombs. The outside burials sites however, are not directly associated with the building. Most outstanding are the remains, probably belonging to a ruler, found in a sarcophagus in the middle room of the building.
A group comprised by a large number of buildings scattered between Otolum an Bat brooks. They were constructed on low platforms and had up to four parallel passageways. The buildings show various subdivisions suggestive of rooms: they have one or two levels reached over narrow stairways. Some of the rooms contain tombs beneath their floors; other, such as Temple III, clay vessels, as well as stone, jadeite and shell tools were found outside the buildings. Such wares atiest to the everyday activities at these representative sets of living quarters during Palenque's final stage.
The Palenque archaeological zone main attractions are:
Temple of the Inscriptions
Temple de la Cruz Foliada
Coronation of Pakal
San Cristobal de las Casas to Palenque
San Cristobal de las Casas, lovely Colonial town situated in the highlands of the state of Chiapas, is the ideal place to remain two or here days visiting its main interesting sites such as the San Cristobal Martyr Cathedral or the Na-Bolom Museum, cultural center of the region, and later on depart towards one of the most interesting archaeological zones, Palenque, cradle of the mythical and ancestral Pakal King.
Leaving by road at an early hour you pass by the Tenejapa and San Juan Cancuc towns. To the south of these settlements you will find the Cillon, Bachajon and Temo villages until you get to Ocosingo, where we recommend visiting the cathedral and taste the cheese that the natives manufacture.
In Ocosingo there is a detour to visit the archaeological zone of Tonina, one of the largest Mayan settlements in the area. Visit, it will be a good experience.
Continue by road 199 towards the north, pass again by Temo and arrive to the famous Agua Azul Waterfall, where you can have lunch and refresh yourself in their blue waters. Further on, approximately 45 minutes later, you will find the Misol-Ha Waterfall, a beautiful recreation place where you can spend the night in comfortable cabins to depart the next day towards Palenque.
The town of Palenque is found at only 15 minutes away from the archaeological site. It has an airport and its hotel offer is very wide. The five star Mision Hotel is located one side of the downtown area, and in La Cañada, which is beautiful, we find the Chablis, Maya Palenque and Tulija Hotels. This last one is located on the highway towards the airport. It is a four star hotel, clean and comfortable.
The ancient city of Palenque is a very interesting place. It cannot be seen in one day. We recommend that you spend three days visiting the site's museum, where among many treasures, you will be able to admire the "Red Queen" Pectoral, carved in stone.
Entering by the exuberant path that is located almost in front of the museum, you can begin your visit until you cross a hanging bridge in the middle of the jungle and arrive at a sweet water creek, which is known as "The Queen's Bath". Being in this Pre Hispanic place, you can visit The Great Plaza, The Bats, and very specially, the most important and imposing construction that dominates the plaza, known as the Temple of the Inscriptions, where Pakal's Grave is located.
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| Izapa Archaeological zone | La Encrucijada | Montebello Lagoons |
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| San Juan Chamula | Tapachula | Tonina Archaeological zone |
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