A June 2005 trip
to Palenque by coloradowanderer
Quote: The small city of Palenque does not have much to offer, except use as a gateway to the ruins or waterfalls. Traditional restaurants have high tourist prices. There are typical tourist shops and many shoe stores.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 16, 2005
As in many hotels in Mexico, they ask you to leave the key at the desk when you leave. They do chain and lock the door some point in the evening. If going out late, make sure to tell them when you will return. Upon checkout, the owner will ask you to wait while she checks your room for the appropriate number of towels. I was a little put off by this, but I understand where she is coming from. This hotel is a step above many of the other budget options. Always ask to see a room before you pay.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 17, 2005
Hostal San Miguel
Hidalgo and Aldarria
Attraction | "Mayan Site"
The museum is free and the exhibits are worth the time for a history of the area. Only a small fraction of the site has been excavated, but there are many temples and buildings with hundreds of steps to climb to reach the top, which you must do for the panoramic view.
The most impressive feature of Palenque is the carvings in stone of Mayan gods. Retreat to the cool jungle surrounding the waterfalls and down the winding path. This is a wonderful Mayan site, with descriptions at the base of building explaining the art and Mayan inscriptions telling the story of the picture. Pack a lunch and plan for a full day with walking and steep stairs.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 16, 2005
Ruinas de Palenque (Palenque Archaeological Ruins)