Palenque is located in the middle of the jungle and it is one of the most representative archaeological sites of the Maya culture. With more than two hundred structures of different size and complexity, Palenque is a testimony of a great civilization that was political and socially organized. It is located close from Villahermosa, and today it has been transformed in an symbol of archeological tourism in Mexico.
According to investigators Palenque was founded about 100 B.C. and had an important development until 900 A.D. During many centuries Palenque was the city which controlled a vast region of the Maya influence, where today are the states of Chiapas and Tabasco. Before the first millennium of our era ended, Palenque was abandoned by its population and within some centuries the jungle completely buried this amazing pre-Hispanic city.
One of the main buildings is the Temple of Inscriptions, which has three enormous walls on the inside with Mayan hieroglyphic inscriptions. Also in this temple you can see the grave of King Pakal, considered the most spectacular sample of America.
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The Palace is the biggest building of Palenque. Its structure is the result of many interventions that were made along 400 years and its architecture is beautiful and unique. Tourists visiting Palenque get amazed of this complex ancient structure.
The archaeological site is 6 Km far from the town of Palenque where you can find mini buses running to the ruins every 10 minutes during the day.
The exotic natural environment, with enormous trees and waterfalls, makes Palenque a mysterious and exciting place that worth a visit on your trip to Mexico.
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