Zona Arqueologica de Palenque

Zona Arqueologica de Palenque

Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
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  • Maryann L
    Fair Oaks, California1,353 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible Mayan Ruins and Museum
    As you enter the Main Plaza of the site, the most imposing structure is the Temple of the Inscriptions. This temple was built in the 7th and 8th centuries during the reign of King Pakal. After his death his son,Chan-Balum, completed a burial chamber in the Temple for his father. The chamber was not discovered until 1952. Sometime later another burial chamber of a woman was discovered. Further along the site is the Sun Palace, Royal Palace and the Group of the Cross. The four story observation tower here is unique in the Mayan world. To preserve many of the artifacts they were moved to an on-site museum. The museum contains an incredible collection of artifacts, petroglyphs and photos of the excavation of the burial chamber of the woman known as the Red Queen. In a lower chamber is a replica of the sarcophagus of King Pakal. This was truly one of the great Mayan cities and an archeological site not to be missed.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 28 April 2023
  • Jeff F
    Harpenden, United Kingdom327 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exceptional sculptured remains
    The archaeological site of Palenque in the state of Chiapas is one of the most outstanding classic period of the Maya area, known for its exceptional and well conserved architectural and sculptured remains. 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 civilisation. We visited in January 2023 on an overcast day but the experience was not diminished, we loved the forest and the waterfalls too.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 June 2023
  • anne-marie k
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you need a very good guide, ask for ( the long) Edgar who is born and raised in Palenque
    If you need a very good guide, ask for ( the long) Edgar who is born and raised in Palenque and has seen almost all Maya sites in Mexico. . He is a very knowledgeable guide with 20 years of experience and a particular fondness of Dutch people. We learned a lot and had fun too.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 July 2023
  • MHBSoDak
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota693 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible
    Absolutely stunning. We had decided to forgo a guide as I have limited mobility and knew we wouldn’t stay long. At the entrance a guide offered to take us for 200 pesos. We couldn’t refuse! Absolutely interesting presentation. It was a bit of a challenge at times for my mobility scooter but we made it. Also, even though I’m a foreigner they gave me a free ticket. I was grateful and impressed. Highly recommended.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 March 2024
  • Andy F
    Devizes, United Kingdom1,260 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    One of the most spectaculat archaeological sites that we visited on our Mexico tour. It's a large complex of buildings in various states of repair and restoration, although I understand there's a lot more still to be recovered from the jungle. Plenty of interpretation boards in various languages. LOts of space to move around and to see whatever you want. Rather too many vendors/ hawkers actually inside the site for my liking. The buildings are very impressive and extremely photogenic. A must-see.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 March 2024
  • Ani C
    109 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Zone archaeological palenque, Palenque Mexico
    Went with a group. We hired a private guide prior to going. Was worthwhile for mainly historical information and extended general knowledge of era and times. Plus able to show photos and information of archaeology etc. There's a large area of grass and paths. Only really about 7 mainly buildings exposed and the rest of this huge site is still covered and overgrown by surrounding jungle edge. It's well worth a visit. 2-3 hours sufficient but I sat under a tree and had my lunch. What was nice no vendors bothered me. Get there early enough and you can have it before the vendors set up along the paths. It's a nice space and you can find quiet spaces. I went early so before tour buses arrive. You buy your ticket down the road before the site not actually at sight. Again lots of vendors at entrance for food drinks and souvenirs
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 April 2024
  • Bevwrigley
    Hyde, United Kingdom67 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great trip with cautionary ending!!!
    We had our tour organised through our tour company, our guides name was Natchos, we really enjoyed the 1.5hr trip round the ruins, guide was very knowledgeable and made it really interesting, before setting off he did mention an optional Jungle trek at the end. The 4 of us in our party decided to take him up on this, this is where we incurred the problem!! Obviously we didn’t think he was doing this without some cost but our error was not confirmed the price first. The jungle trek was great and we all enjoyed it, when we got back to our taxi he then asked for 500pesos per person 2,000 (£100) in total, bearing in mind our admission and ruins tour cost had already been paid! We had no idea that the cost would be so high and felt very disappointed that the guide had taken advantage of our not confirming a price first to fleece us!! Moral of the story is, if you do decide to do the jungle trek, confirm and agree a price BEFORE you set off
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 April 2024
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Bevwrigley
Hyde, UK67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We had our tour organised through our tour company, our guides name was Natchos, we really enjoyed the 1.5hr trip round the ruins, guide was very knowledgeable and made it really interesting, before setting off he did mention an optional Jungle trek at the end.

The 4 of us in our party decided to take him up on this, this is where we incurred the problem!! Obviously we didn’t think he was doing this without some cost but our error was not confirmed the price first.

The jungle trek was great and we all enjoyed it, when we got back to our taxi he then asked for 500pesos per person 2,000 (£100) in total, bearing in mind our admission and ruins tour cost had already been paid! We had no idea that the cost would be so high and felt very disappointed that the guide had taken advantage of our not confirming a price first to fleece us!!
Moral of the story is, if you do decide to do the jungle trek, confirm and agree a price BEFORE you set off
Written 17 April 2024
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Ani C
109 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Went with a group. We hired a private guide prior to going. Was worthwhile for mainly historical information and extended general knowledge of era and times. Plus able to show photos and information of archaeology etc. There's a large area of grass and paths. Only really about 7 mainly buildings exposed and the rest of this huge site is still covered and overgrown by surrounding jungle edge. It's well worth a visit. 2-3 hours sufficient but I sat under a tree and had my lunch. What was nice no vendors bothered me. Get there early enough and you can have it before the vendors set up along the paths. It's a nice space and you can find quiet spaces. I went early so before tour buses arrive. You buy your ticket down the road before the site not actually at sight. Again lots of vendors at entrance for food drinks and souvenirs
Written 4 April 2024
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Andy F
Devizes, UK1,260 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
One of the most spectaculat archaeological sites that we visited on our Mexico tour. It's a large complex of buildings in various states of repair and restoration, although I understand there's a lot more still to be recovered from the jungle. Plenty of interpretation boards in various languages. LOts of space to move around and to see whatever you want. Rather too many vendors/ hawkers actually inside the site for my liking. The buildings are very impressive and extremely photogenic. A must-see.
Written 21 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

MHBSoDak
Sioux Falls, SD693 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Absolutely stunning. We had decided to forgo a guide as I have limited mobility and knew we wouldn’t stay long. At the entrance a guide offered to take us for 200 pesos. We couldn’t refuse! Absolutely interesting presentation. It was a bit of a challenge at times for my mobility scooter but we made it. Also, even though I’m a foreigner they gave me a free ticket. I was grateful and impressed. Highly recommended.
Written 10 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Lynda T
Haughley, UK102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
A truly wonderful historical site steeped in history. If you are visiting the ruins of Mexico do nit miss this one. It is very hot but plenty of shade and on leaving we took the option of descending 200 steps through the jungle. Fabulous
Written 23 November 2023
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anne-marie k
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
If you need a very good guide, ask for ( the long) Edgar who is born and raised in Palenque and has seen almost all Maya sites in Mexico. . He is a very knowledgeable guide with 20 years of experience and a particular fondness of Dutch people. We learned a lot and had fun too.
Written 17 July 2023
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Chass H
18 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
Very expensive, not impressive. Difficult & full of drug dealers & touts.

It's much worse than Ocasingo, but triple the cost. Then you need to walk 1.5km. but you have to get passed aggressive drug dealers & "guides".

The only place in Mexico I've been that has felt abusive. When you get to the ruins they are ordinary only. Skip it if you are not on a package tour. Horrible
Written 5 June 2023
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Jeff F
Harpenden, UK327 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
The archaeological site of Palenque in the state of Chiapas is one of the most outstanding classic period of the Maya area, known for its exceptional and well conserved architectural and sculptured remains. 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 civilisation. We visited in January 2023 on an overcast day but the experience was not diminished, we loved the forest and the waterfalls too.
Written 2 June 2023
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Maryann L
Fair Oaks, CA1,353 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
As you enter the Main Plaza of the site, the most imposing structure is the Temple of the Inscriptions. This temple was built in the 7th and 8th centuries during the reign of King Pakal. After his death his son,Chan-Balum, completed a burial chamber in the Temple for his father. The chamber was not discovered until 1952. Sometime later another burial chamber of a woman was discovered. Further along the site is the Sun Palace, Royal Palace and the Group of the Cross. The four story observation tower here is unique in the Mayan world. To preserve many of the artifacts they were moved to an on-site museum. The museum contains an incredible collection of artifacts, petroglyphs and photos of the excavation of the burial chamber of the woman known as the Red Queen. In a lower chamber is a replica of the sarcophagus of King Pakal. This was truly one of the great Mayan cities and an archeological site not to be missed.
Written 28 April 2023
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sharpshot201
London, UK39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We arranged a day trip to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque and Casacadas de Agua Azul via our hotel for 750 pesos each. (for two people)

We were picked up by a minibus at 09:00 AM from out hotel and had around 2 and half hours at the ruins.

They offer tours, including a jungle tour at the entrance. From speaking to other travellers, the jungle tours are impressive - you can see monkeys and uncovered temples ala Indiana Jones etc., but be prepared to haggle, walk away, talk to different tour guides at the entrnace and pair up with other travellers to reduce the price. (also dress jungle appropriately, long sleeves, mosquito repellant etc.) We were quoted very high prices, so didn't decide on a tour, but other travellers found cheaper options.

The ruins are amazing and unlike anything else we saw in Mexico. You can climb a few of the pyramids also.

Our minibus dropped us off directly at the entrance to the ruins, but we had to pay a collectivo to take us from the entrance to the car park where our minibus was waiting to pick us up, so have change for the collectivo. (around 10/20 pesos each)
Written 5 January 2023
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