Sitio Arqueológico de Palenque Chiapas

Palenque Archaeological Site


The ancient name of Palenque was Lakamha, meaning “Great Waters,” due to its proximity to permanent water sources. It was the seat of a powerful dynasty to which King Pakal belonged.

Its impressive architecture, sculptural representations, and written records on numerous panels found in the city provide insights into the political and religious life, as well as the military events that shaped the power of Palenque. The complex urbanization of the city involved significant modifications to the terrain for the construction of buildings, as well as the channeling of nearby rivers to supply water to an estimated population of 10,000 inhabitants during its peak.

Palenque had a political organization at the state level, with a ruler (Ajaw) supported by nobles of different ranks, advisors, and religious specialists who guided the destiny of the city.

Near Station

Distance Station

5.5 miles (9 km)

Sitio Arqueológico de Palenque


Monday to Sunday from 8:30 am to 17:00. Last entry at 16:00 pm.

$95.00 MXN (Mexican Pesos)

250 to 900 AD | Early Classic to Late Classic

615 – 783 | Classic Period

Where is the Palenque Archaeological Site Located?

It is located 4.97 miles (8 km) from the municipality of Palenque, in the state of Chiapas.

  • Fee for professional cameras
  • INAPAM discount (for seniors)
  • Discount for students and teachers
  • Free admission on Sundays (Mexicans)
  • It includes entry to the site museum.
  • Free entry for children under 13 years old
  • No smoking, pet, food allowed

Since 1987, it has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List as a Pre-Hispanic City and National Park.


Archaeological Site of Palenque


The Palace

Southern Acropolis

Temple of the Inscriptions

Northern Group

Group of the Crosses

Residential zones

Ball game

Archaeological sites near Palenque