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Palenque

We stayed at the Mayabell Campground. It is only 2km from the site. John and I took a Collectivo for 10 pesos to the site. Always start your tour from the top entrance, not the bottom entrance. Trust me you will thank me!!! If you start at the bottom entrance you have  a heck of a lot of steep stairs to climb.

We had water, sewer and power at our site. No WiFi

GPS Location: 17.48808  N   92.03781  W   200ft

The campground also has a restaurant, tenting sites( they have palapas so the tenters stay dry and you can string up a hammock), rooms for rent, showers/washrooms and swimming pool

The entrance is narrow, but we saw 30 ft rigs in the campground.

At night you can hear the howler monkeys. It is a sound you will not forget.

Inside the restaurant/reception area

John and I had a long day driving and decided to have dinner out. It was not bad for the price. Our total bill for two dinners with two beer was 130 pesos

Johns eating tacos

I decided on a hamburger and fries

John likes the pots hanging on the wroughtiron

John in his jungle hat

Outside the restaurant

Path to the tenting sites

Palapas in the tenting area ( lots of people put the tents under the palapas where they stayed nice and dry. It is not this green here for no reason. It rains alot!!!!!!!

Gizmo and John ( look at that vegetation!!!)

Rooms for rent

Pool area. It is a dammed up stream. On the other side of the pool is a pond filled with fish from the stream

Cabanas for rent

Treehouse for rent

Washrooms/showers

Vendors at the upper entrance to the ruins

 

We paid 55 pesos each to enter the archeological site. You are allowed to climb the stairs and enter most of the buildings. This is the first site we have seen like this.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palenque

Quoted from Wikipedia:

Palenque (Bŕak' in Modern Maya) was a Maya city state in southern Mexico that flourished in the seventh century CE. After its decline it was absorbed into the jungle, but has been excavated and restored and is now a famous archaeological site attracting thousands of visitors. It is located near the Usumacinta River in the Mexican state of Chiapas, located about 130 km south of Ciudad del Carmen (see map) about 150 meters above sea-level.

Palenque is a medium-sized site, much smaller than such huge sites as Tikal or Copán, but it contains some of the finest architecture, sculpture, roof comb and bas-relief carvings the Maya produced. Much of the history of Palenque has been reconstructed from reading the hieroglyphic inscription on the many monuments, and historians now have a long sequence of the ruling dynasty of Palenque in the seventh century and extensive knowledge of the city states rivalry with other states such asCalakmul and Toniná. The most famous ruler of Palenque is Pacal the Great whose tomb has been found and excavated in the temple of the inscriptions.

 

This canal transported the water to the site from local waterfalls

When we were done visiting the ruins we exited at the lower entrance and walked across the road to the museum which displays items excavated from the site

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