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Palenque ruinas, Palenque

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Observe and inspect impressive ruins and intricate Mayan carvings, surrounded by dense jungle, at Palenque ruinas. At just 2.5 sq km (1 sq mi), the site is fairly small compared to some of the more revered indigenous ruins. That said, archaeologists estimate only about 10% of the city has been excavated, leaving potentially thousands of structures still covered by jungle. Allow yourself plenty of time to admire the site and its rich documented history. Consider hiring a guide to teach you about the site’s interesting history. Put Palenque ruinas on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Palenque tourist route planner.
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  • We were a small group and had our own guide. There were a lot of tour guides who tried to get us to use them but once inside the park we enlisted a young man who was not yet a tour guide. Our own guid...  more »
  • The Palenque Mayan ruins are a must see attraction if you are interested in Mayan culture. There are many different ways to get there, including hiking or biking (around 9 kms) along a purpose built t...  more »
  • We stayed in el panchan for 2 nights specifically to visit the Palenque Ruins, and we were not disappointed. By far the best Ruins in Mexico with relatively small crowds if you get up early enough! Wo...  more »