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Pyramid at Palenque
Pyramid at Palenque

A Journey into the Mesoamerican Past

July 04, 2018

Located approximately 800 kilometers (500 miles) southwest of Playa del Carmen, the ancient city of Palenque is one of the most stunning and well-preserved Mayan settlements in all of Mexico. Visitors have the opportunity to see fascinating ruins such as the Temple of the Inscriptions, which is the resting place of 7th-century Mayan ruler Hanab-Pakal and site of inscriptions detailing nearly two centuries of Mayan history. You’ll also see the Palace, an interconnected system of courtyards and buildings in which the Mayan elite conducted day-to-day affairs, and the Temple of the Jaguar, so named for its imposing bas relief that features a king surveying his kingdom from a royal perch fashioned to resemble a jaguar. And that’s just a tiny sample of what you’ll find there. Palenque’s distance from Playa del Carmen is a bit of a drawback, but the tremendous breadth of ancient history preserved at this site is just too impressive to pass up. If at all possible, make some time to visit Palenque. We guarantee you’ll be glad you did.

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