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Visit of Palenque

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Visit of Palenque
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Ancient Mayan town of Palenque is nestled in the foothills of Chiapas mountains and is surrounded by the remains of virgin forest. Palenque competes with its Guatemalan rival Tikal for the post of the most beautiful Mayan ruins. Most visitors agree that local buildings are perhaps a little nicer, but there are crowds of tourists, which takes away from the atmosphere a little. Anyway, Palenque should certainly be the „mandatory“ stop your journey around Mexico. Moreover, only a few kilometers away there are other very nice places – waterfalls of Agua Azul and Misol Ha.  

Templo de la Calavera - Temple of the Sk

Just a few meters from the entrance awaits you the first pyramid – Temple of the Skull, which is not so impressive compared to other buildings, but it is interesting by famous skull inside. So climbing the stairs and looking inside is certainly worthwhile.

Templo de la Calavera - Temple of the Sk
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Skull in the Temple of the Skull

After climbing the stairs you can see an interesting skull, which gave the name to this temple.

Skull in the Temple of the Skull
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Templo de las Inscripciones – The Temple

You will get to beautiful pyramid of The Temple of the Inscriptions along Temple XIII. Unfortunately, except for the guard sitting at the top is the entry forbidden. It is a shame, because otherwise there would be terrific outlook of the main building of the whole town – Palace.

Templo de las Inscripciones – The Temple
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Templo de la Cruz - Temple of the Cross

After seeing the Temple of the Inscriptions set out to the northernmost part of the town to great pyramid of the Temple of the Cross.

Templo de la Cruz - Temple of the Cross
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Pyramid half overgrown with jungle

From this view of the Temple of the Cross is clearly visible how much work is necessary to reconstruct or dig out the pyramids overgrown with the jungle. Lots of Mayan towns are still hidden in the jungle and even well-known sites such as Palenque are not yet completely uncovered.

Pyramid half overgrown with jungle
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View of The Temple of the Inscriptions a

The Temple of the Cross also serves as a great outlook of other buildings in Palenque. As in the palm of your hand you have here Temple of the Inscriptions and the Palace with its distinctive tower.

View of The Temple of the Inscriptions a
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Temples in Palenque

From the outlook are also visible other less important temples.

Temples in Palenque
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El Palacio – The Palace

The most monumental building around Palenque is a giant pyramid of The Palace.

El Palacio – The Palace
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Other buildings and pyramids

On the south side of the ruins there are plenty of other smaller pyramids and buildings. You can hang about here relatively long in far lower density of tourists than in the north near the most interesting buildings.

Other buildings and pyramids
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The way through the jungle

It is more reasonable and interesting to go back the other way, which leads through local forest. Here you can see here interesting local trees and there is also a small waterfall.

The way through the jungle
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Overgrown ruins

Along the way through the jungle you will see another ruins, which are still largely covered with local lush vegetation.

Overgrown ruins
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Waterfall in Palenque

You will pass around two pretty nice waterfalls in the forest. The condition of water in them depends mainly on the season. There is not much water in the dry season.

Waterfall in Palenque
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