Palenque

Palenque, photo by MarianaFF
 

Palenque is the archeological remains of a Mayan city state in southern Mexico that flourished in the 7th century.

It is located near the Usumacinta River in Chiapas state, about 80 miles (130 km) south of Ciudad del Carmen.

Palenque is smaller than some of the huge Mayan sites of Mesoamerica, but it contains some of the finest architecture, sculpture, roof comb and bas-relief carvings produced by the Mayans.

It is estimated that less than 10% of the total area of the city is explored, leaving more than a thousand structures still covered by jungle

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Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
 

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Winíka Hábitat

Offering a terrace and views of the river, Winíka Hábitat is set in Palenque in the Chiapas Region, 6 km from Palenque Archeological Zone. Free private parking is available on site. Some rooms feature a seating area to relax in after a busy day. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$59

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Posada Nacha`n - Ka`an

Posada Nacha`n - Ka`an is located 500 metres from Palenque main square and 10 km from the archaeological site. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all rooms. The rooms here will provide you with a fan, TV and satellite channels. Average score from 418 guest reviews: 7.9/10.

$8

 
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Hotel Xibalba

Xibalba offers bright rooms with free Wi-Fi and cable TV, set around a central courtyard with typical Mayan sculptures. Situated in central Palenque, it is 8 km from Palenque Archaeological Zone. Average score from 312 guest reviews: 8.2/10.

$32 - $58

 
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Chan-Kah Resort Village

Located in a jungle setting in Palenque, this resort village is 60 km from Cascadas Agua Azul Natural Park. It features outdoor pools, a tobacco shop and air-conditioned bungalows. Average score from 392 guest reviews: 8.2/10.

$69 - $134

 
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Hotel Paraíso Inn

Auto Hotel Paraíso Inn is located 12 minutes’ drive from Palenque’s Archaeological Site and 5.5 km from the city centre. The Hotel is set in the forest surrounded by tropical gardens. Average score from 107 guest reviews: 9.3/10.

$65

 
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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Hotel Maya Tulipanes Palenque

Hotel Maya Tulipanes Palenque

Located in the eco-tourist area of La Cañada, this hotel is 8 km from the Palenque archeological site. It offers free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool, karaoke bar, a restaurant, plus a tour travel agency on site. Average score from 497 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$40 - $91

 
$408.5
Hotel Cabañas Safari

Hotel Cabañas Safari

Located just 8 km from the Palenque Archaeologican Zone and 1 km from Palenque town, Hotel Cabañas Safari offers an outdoor pool and a traditional Temazcal steam bath. Each air-conditioned bungalow features a private terrace and free Wi-Fi. Average score from 141 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$33 - $73

 
$338.4
Hotel Xibalba

Hotel Xibalba

Xibalba offers bright rooms with free Wi-Fi and cable TV, set around a central courtyard with typical Mayan sculptures. Situated in central Palenque, it is 8 km from Palenque Archaeological Zone. Average score from 312 guest reviews: 8.2/10.

$32 - $58

 
$328.2
El Colombre

El Colombre

Offering extensive gardens with an outdoor pool, this family-run farm is set in the jungle just 4 km from the stunning Mayan temples of Palenque National Park. El Colombre is 4 km from Palenque town. Average score from 236 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$42 - $80

 
$428.1
Hotel Maya Rue

Hotel Maya Rue

Located 200 metres from the main square of Palenque town, Hotel Maya Rue offers a café and air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. The Mayan ruins of Palenque are just 8 km away. Average score from 468 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$28

 
$288.0
Hotel Villas Kin Ha

Hotel Villas Kin Ha

Located just 2 km from the Mayan Ruins of Palenque, this charming hotel offers an outdoor pool, WiFi in public areas, lush gardens and a sauna. The air-conditioned rooms include cable TV. Average score from 388 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$35 - $112

 
$358.0
Hotel Plaza Palenque Inn

Hotel Plaza Palenque Inn

Just 1 km from Palenque center, Hotel Plaza Palenque Inn is a 10-minute drive from the ancient Palenque Archaeological Site. The luxury hotel has tropical gardens, a feature swimming pool and a restaurant. Average score from 57 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$36 - $134

 
$368.0
Hotel Casa Lakyum

Hotel Casa Lakyum

This hotel is 5 minutes’ drive from Palenque Archaeological Site and 5 km from Palenque Town Centre. It features a swimming pool, an extensive garden and free Wi-Fi in public areas. Average score from 280 guest reviews: 7.8/10.

$36

 
$367.8
Hotel Castillo Del Rey

Hotel Castillo Del Rey

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Hotel Castillo Del Rey offers accommodation in Palenque, 8 km from Palenque Archeological Zone. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 7.8/10.

$37

$377.8
Hotel Canek

Hotel Canek

Located in the centre of Palenque town, Hotel Canek offers a large communal terrace with hammocks and panoramic views over the town. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all areas. Rooms at the Hotel Canek feature functional décor and wooden furniture. Average score from 30 guest reviews: 6.8/10.

$26

 
$266.8
Hotel Shaddai

Hotel Shaddai

Hotel Shaddai is located in central Palenque. Guests will only have to take a short 5-minute walk to reach the town centre. Free Wi-Fi access is available in the property. Rooms here will provide you with cable TV and air conditioning. Average score from 42 guest reviews: 6.7/10.

$28

 
$286.7
Hotel Palenque

Hotel Palenque

This hotel in the centre of Palenque town offers an outdoor pool, attractive gardens and free Wi-Fi. The spacious, air-conditioned rooms have cable TV and private bathrooms with hairdryers. Average score from 40 guest reviews: 6.5/10.

$31 - $61

 
$316.5
Posada Mayalay

Posada Mayalay

Posada Mayalay is located in Palenque, within the Monterrey district, only 10 minutes’ drive from the town centre. Free Wi-Fi access is available. The functional rooms here will provide you with cable TV, air conditioning and a seating area. Average score from 52 guest reviews: 6.0/10.

$37

 
$376.0

Highlights:

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Cultural
Visual Arts
Sculpted reliefs and other artistic features. World Heritage Sites says: "The elegance and craftsmanship of the construction, as well as the lightness of the sculpted reliefs illustrating Mayan mythology, attest to the creative genius of this civilization."
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Archeological Sites

World Heritage Site Archeology

"Palenque is an incomparable achievement of Mayan art. The structures are characterized by a lightness which resulted from the new construction techniques and drainage methods that were developed in order to reduce the thickness of the walls. The expanded interior space, multiple openings, and the use of galleries give the architecture a rare elegance, richly decorated with sculptures and stucco of a type never previously seen."
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