Palenque along the Maya Train

Palenque along the Maya Train


Discover Palenque, the legendary home of the Palenque Archaeological Site and one of the standout destinations along the Maya Train Route. Located in the lush tropical jungle of Chiapas, Palenque captivates with its fascinating history and stunning natural beauty. As one of Mexico’s Magical Towns since 2015, Palenque invites you to immerse yourself in its historical and cultural charm while exploring the majesty of the Maya civilization.

Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, Palenque is an unmissable landmark on your journey through southern Mexico. From its ancient ruins to its captivating landscapes, Palenque offers you a unique experience filled with history, culture, and gastronomy.

Letters Palenque Magical Town
Stela Palenque

What is the history of Palenque?

Palenque was founded by Friar Pedro Lorenzo de la Nada, in close proximity to the archaeological site of the same name, in 1567. The Dominican friar integrated the town with many dispersed Chol families in the Lacandon Jungle.

Known that the native people referred to Palenque as Otulún, a word of Chol origin that means “enclosed or fortified site.”


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Where is Palenque located?

Palenque, as a Magical Town, is located in the state of Chiapas, in southeastern Mexico. It is approximately 87 miles north of the city of San Cristóbal de las Casas and about 137 miles southeast of Villahermosa, the capital of the state of Tabasco.


Palenque on the Mayan Train Route

Sitio Arqueológico de Palenque

Palenque Videos

What are the Festivities of Palenque?

Palenque is known for several festivities and celebrations that reflect its rich culture and traditions.

Mayan World International Expo

It is a cultural and tourist event that takes place from April 6th to 9th. Its objective is to promote and showcase the cultural, historical, and natural wealth of the Maya region. A variety of activities and events related to Maya culture, archaeology, art, music, gastronomy, and tourism are organized.

Fair of Santo Domingo de Guzmán

Takes place on August 4th, which is dedicated to Santo Domingo. During the fair, various activities are carried out that combine religious and cultural elements.

Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe

It is one of the most important celebrations in Mexico, taking place on December 12th every year. In Palenque, Chiapas, this religious festivity is celebrated with great devotion and fervor. Various activities such as singing “Las Mañanitas,” processions, fairs, and cultural events are held during this time.

What to do in Palenque Chiapas?

Palenque, Chiapas, offers a variety of tourist attractions, some of the main ones being:

Lak Puj Kul Textile Museum

Catazajá Lagoons

Blue waterfall

Palenque Archaeological Site

Misol Ha Waterfall

Aluxes Ecopark

Roberto Barrios Waterfall

Agua Clara Spa

Highlighted Activities in Palenque

In Palenque, it is recommended to enjoy nature and visit the Palenque Archaeological Site.

Visit the Waterfalls

Visit the Waterfalls

Tourist Camps

Tourist Camps

Beach in Palenque

Palenque is located in a mountainous region, far from the coast, therefore, there are no beaches in its immediate vicinity.

Archaeological Sites in Palenque

Palenque is a fascinating archaeological destination in itself, but there are also other nearby archaeological sites that you can visit to complement your experience. Some of the main archaeological sites near Palenque are:

What tours are available in Palenque?

Some Travel Agencies in Palenque Chiapas

Palenque Magico Travel Agency

Palenque Magico Travel Agency


 Consultora Turística de Chiapas

 Consultora Turística de Chiapas


Where to stay in Palenque, Chiapas?

Some Hotels in Palenque

Tulijá Palenque Hotel

Tulijá Palenque Hotel


Nututun Palenque Hotel

Nututun Palenque Hotel


Where to eat in Palenque Chiapas?

Some Restaurants in Palenque

Palenque Waterfall

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