National Park of Palenque

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National Park of Palenque
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Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • National Parks
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8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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A wide variety of pyramids, temples and sculptures have all been found at this famous Mayan archaeological site.
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Yoru CC
Mexico City, Mexico8 contributions
Jun. 2022
the archaeological zone is spectacular. The jungle is beautiful and you can visit it on your own because there is a path made. The only bad thing is the local population that works in the area. The guides at the collection point are going to give you an exorbitant price for their services. They are very heavy and in the ruins themselves there are much cheaper guides.
In the parking lot they try to charge you for "caring for the car" saying that if you don't pay you don't leave, don't be scared we didn't pay and nothing happened but they intimidate and suggest that something could happen to the car.
Written June 16, 2022
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Sylvia
15 contributions
Jan. 2022
I was a bit confused about the experience before coming here, so thought I’d explain it:
- You can visit the main ruins in the area, with or without a guide.
- You can also go on a jungle walk within the park. If you go without a guide, there is a more limited trail you can go on that is labeled. If you choose to go with a guide, they can take you farther in as they know the unlabeled trails. It would be very confusing / impossible / and in certain parts of the park not allowed to do this on your own.

I had found Fidel Cruz’s number on TripAdvisor and had sent him a WhatsApp message to ask about the tours. I ended up booking both the ruins and jungle walk tour with him, and highly recommend it. He gave me a lot of context for the ruins, answered all my questions, and showed me all the good photo spots and took my picture for me (so nice for a solo traveler!). Especially if you’re visiting all the ruins in Mexico, they can blend together if you’re just reading signs without enough context. I love a guide for helping a place come to life, and I think Palenque is one of those magical places you want to come to life for you.

However, I think where Fidel really shines is during the jungle tour. He learned a lot about the plants and animals from his grandfather, and is passionate about sharing it with you. Together we ate termites and tried all sorts of medicinal plants from the jungle. He also took me past where the other jungle walks ended to see hidden temples, climb vines, and even walk through an old aqueduct. So so so cool! Again, I’d recommend both tours with Fidel, but if you can only pick one, hands down jungle tour.

Also a note, he speaks Spanish, his Mayan language, Italian, a little English, and I think a few others. I forgot to ask him upfront whether he spoke English since I was texting in Spanish, and by the point he told me he only spoke a little, we had already been messaging back and forth for a while so I decided just to go with it. While I was nervous about a Spanish tour, it turned out just fine. Anything I didn’t understand, he would explain it in a different way. I have studied Spanish before but I’m not great by any means (probably an A2 level) but we communicated fine and were even able to joke around. Overall, great experience!

You can find him on Facebook at Fidel Tours or just message him at +52 916 119 5933. Cheers to the other TripAdvisor reviews that got me here!
Written January 14, 2022
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Yalmartix
Santa Ana, CA3 contributions
Jun. 2021
Simply amazing and beautiful! The ruins are around the corner from where you park so not a lot of walking to get there. Wear a hat, sunblock, and repellent. Take lots of pictures!
Written July 21, 2021
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Granzi
Miami Beach, FL146 contributions
Jul. 2021 • Solo
After seeing the ruins I booked a tour of the jungle with a local guide, Fidel Cruz o Fidel Tours It was fantastic since he took me to see two temples hidden in the jungle, additionally we went to an ancient mayan pool - very well maintained - where I could wet and refresh myself. He made me taste old medicines made by nature, like a liana that has the same effect as dentist anaesthetic, we saw monkeys and other wild animals. Three hours of explanations amd enrichment and on top of it he told many stories about Maya, the jungle amd Chiapas. Very recommended
Written July 17, 2021
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Jacob C
Medellin, Colombia55 contributions
Feb. 2020
Hidden deep in the tropical rain forests of Chiapas, this is one of Mexicos most beautiful cultural sites. Please be advised that Mexican Immigration officials at Benito Juarez International Airport may detain passengers with no cause or written explanation. If detained crowded jail cells with dozens of passengers are held in squalor with no shower, 1 toilet per 100 passengers and no access to communication as phones and other property are confiscated.
Written January 19, 2021
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Dec. 2020
excellent place to visit and discover what is inside the pyramids and much more ,is impressive and how is made and every detail.
Written December 29, 2020
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Sundncr
Washington DC, DC968 contributions
Oct. 2020
Due to pandemic, the ruins were recently opened to the public. I was lucky to visit them in October. These ruins form an interesting triangle of visits if you include Copal Ruinas in Honduras and Tikal in Guatemala The buildings are in great shape and the Mayans had a way of building that last ages. The area of the Mayan buildings are located in a Jungle some 12 KM from the city of Palenque. International visitors have to purchase an entrance ticket and can hire a private guide for a price. Guides are available to hire close to the entrance. The Mayans built some impressive Pyramids and palaces. Much has to be still learnt about the Mayan building. The area is well laid out with plenty of vegetation. I was impressed by the Royal palace and the ball court. The guide explained that plenty of buildings were left to be excavated as they were covered by the heavy Jungle. I am sure future generations will get to see more about the Mayan civilization. Area is pretty safe as there is plenty of security around.
Written October 19, 2020
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301lisa33
Coventry, UK1,560 contributions
Nov. 2019
Fabulous.

This site is quite extensive and diverse. Do look for the Tower Palace (which seems quite unusual). Go inside and explore some of the tunnels. (There are bats, if you want to look for them.) There is a very interesting quadrangle with the Temples of the Sun and Cross. Dramatic. There is also a ball court although that takes a bit of imagination.

This site is a major attraction - so get there early
Written July 6, 2020
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GillJezz
Aberystwyth, UK494 contributions
Mar. 2020
This is well worth the trip down here. Its different to most of the other ruins we saw. Not just because of its jungle setting, but the architectural style too. I found the hawkers having their wares all laid out by the main buildings a bit frustrating and these ruins are also quite popular and crowded, so get here early. Also, once you walk away from the main complex you can get away from the crowds and it becomes more atmospheric if a little less spectacular. Definitely do the walk down by the cascades if you're fit enough (we're both in our sixties and my other half is due a hip replacement and we were ok). There are some more ruins in among the trees there and you may be lucky enough to spot the odd spider monkey and toucan as well.
Written April 13, 2020
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Ale
Chicago, IL5 contributions
Jul. 2019 • Friends
If you’re into the jungle, definitely go here. My favorite part was learning about the Mayan history. Additionally, this is much better when you take the tour as the guides as so knowledgeable about the area.
Written February 29, 2020
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