Palenque Journals

Palenque – A Whirlwind Tour

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A December 2003 trip to Palenque by Andariega

Tulijá Hotel & Villas Photo, Palenque, Mexico More Photos
Quote: Palenque is in the state of Chiapas. The town itself has little of interest, but the ruins just outside of town, also called Palenque, are fantastic. Not too far outside of town are the waterfalls of Misol-Ha and Agua Azul.

Palenque – A Whirlwind Tour

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Overview

Agua Azul Photo, Palenque, Mexico
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The real name of town is Santo Domingo de Palenque, but everyone just calls it Palenque. Many hotels and restaurants cater to the tourists who come to see the nearby sights. Palenque – The ruins of Palenque are stunning and the jungle surrounding and actually growing out of the ruins is beautiful. They can be seen in a couple of hours, but I prefer to spend a whole day. Agua Azul – These waterfalls (actually hundreds of falls) are awe-inspiring and, true to their name, they are a beautiful, odd shade of blue. Located about 60 kilometers from Palenque, they are easy to drive to and there are many tours from town. Misol Ha – About 20km from town is the waterf...Read More

Tulijá Hotel & Villas

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Hotel | "Tulijá Hotel & Villas"

Tulijá Hotel & Villas Photo, Palenque, Mexico
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We arrived in Palenque late in the evening and could not find parking in front of the hotel where we planned to stay. As usual, we ended up driving in circles looking for a hotel to our liking. The Tulijá looked pleasant in a very ‘70s sort of way and had a large parking area. The posted rates of almost 800 pesos was over our budget, but luckily, there was a 50% off special -- I believe this special is run often outside of long weekends and Christmas, Easter, and summer vacations. Remodeled rooms are offered for slightly more and are identical except for newer curtains, bedspreads, and such. After looking at several rooms, we took one of the cheaper ones. Check-in was quick and the staff behind the de...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 17, 2004

Tulijá Hotel & Villas
Boulevard Aeropuerto Km. O.5
Palenque, Mexico
(916) 345-0104

Restaurant Casa Inn

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Restaurant

Restaurant Casa Inn Photo, Palenque, Mexico
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The Restaurant Casa Inn is in the Hotel Tulijá, just past the main entrance. It has soaring ceilings, dark wood paneling and stonewalls, and a beautiful little wooden bar in one corner. There is seating for about 60 people.We had checked into the hotel late in the evening. We were hungry and tired so we decided to try this place. We seated ourselves while the hostess and waiter played footsies. He eventually came over with the menu and took our drink orders. After a lengthy wait our drinks were delivered, and were wrong. We tried again. The hostess left and the service improved greatly. The right drinks were delivered.We were so hungry we couldn’t decide what to order...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 21, 2004

Restaurant Casa Inn
Boulevard Aeropuerto Km. O.5
Palenque, Mexico
(916) 345-0104

Don Mucho

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Restaurant

Don Mucho Photo, Palenque, Mexico
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We left the hotel early, bypassing the mediocre restaurant, figuring we would find something open on the way to the ruins. Feet before the park entrance was a road into El Panchan, an area with campgrounds, cabins, and restaurants. The first one you come to is Don Mucho, serving "home style Italian-Mexican" food. The parking area was empty but we thought we saw movement behind the lush foliage that surrounds the restaurant. Sure enough, the place was open and with quite a few customers, always a good sign.Don Mucho is a very comfortable restaurant, very simple. Plastic tables and chairs are setup on the patio and under the palapa. Things are kept cool and cheerful with the m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 21, 2004

Don Mucho
Carretera a las Ruinas 4.5
Palenque, Mexico
(916) 341-4846

Cascadas de Agua Azul (Blue Water Falls)

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Attraction | "Cascadas de Agua Azul"

Cascadas de Agua Azul (Blue Water Falls) Photo, Palenque, Mexico
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It was a cool and cloudy Monday. The Museum in the Palenque ruins had been closed, so we were right on schedule. We would have time to see both Misol-Ha and Agua Azul. We headed out of town, very much enjoying the drive. It had been a very wet year, so the jungle was still lush, clean, and every imaginable shade of green.Nearing the turnoff to Misol-Ha, we saw police trucks with lights flashing and officers standing on the road. We stopped and asked what was going on. One of the police officers told us the people of the community had closed the entrance to the waterfalls in a protest about human rights. He didn’t know the specifics or when the falls would reopen. We headed down the road...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 17, 2004

Cascadas de Agua Azul (Blue Water Falls)
Reserva Especial De La Biosfera Cascadas Agua Azul
Palenque, Mexico

Ruinas de Palenque (Palenque Archaeological Ruins)

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Attraction | "Ruinas de Palenque Part I"

Ruinas de Palenque (Palenque Archaeological Ruins) Photo, Palenque, Mexico
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We woke up bright and early to make it to the ruins before the tour busses, we didn’t have to beat the heat, as it was downright chilly. I had been to Palenque many times in the past, but had never been to the museum; I was looking forward to it. Just before the entrance, hunger got the best of us. We pulled into El Panchan and ate a quick breakfast at Don Mucho. Well fed we headed up the hill. We pulled into the building, immediately to the right of the gate, to buy museum tickets and check out the hours. They are 10am to 4:30pm Tuesday through Sunday. This was Monday. Maybe I will see the museum next time. Besides selling museum tickets, this building has restrooms, a snack bar and a store tha...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 17, 2004

Ruinas de Palenque (Palenque Archaeological Ruins)
Palenque
Palenque, Mexico

Ruinas de Palenque (Palenque Archaeological Ruins)

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Attraction | "Ruinas de Palenque Part II"

Ruinas de Palenque (Palenque Archaeological Ruins) Photo, Palenque, Mexico
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Next is the Palace; this is the one pictured on the postcards. It is the largest structure in Palenque and the most interesting to explore. It has many hallways, underground passages, patios and unexpected rooms. It is topped by a four-level tower.From here, you continue up behind the Palace and to the right, to Temples XIX and XVII known for their carved panels. Almost directly behind the Palace is the Crosses Group comprised of Temple of the Foliated Cross, Temple of the Cross and Temple of the Sun. hese are beautiful buildings, tall and graceful. They comprised the main ceremonial complex in Palenque.From here, you go to Temple XIV, known for its carved panel...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 17, 2004

Ruinas de Palenque (Palenque Archaeological Ruins)
Palenque
Palenque, Mexico