Written by ArnyZona on 23 May, 2007
Like I said in the intro, Palenque town has a bad image of being infested by backpackers. Not that this should be negative, but somehow it means hostels and shared bathrooms. The 'sophisticated' traveler wants to keep away from that and stay in luxurious resorts.…Read More
Like I said in the intro, Palenque town has a bad image of being infested by backpackers. Not that this should be negative, but somehow it means hostels and shared bathrooms. The 'sophisticated' traveler wants to keep away from that and stay in luxurious resorts. Hey, I used to have a mohawk 20 years ago and hitchhiked with my punky friends around Europe, so don't get me wrong.Let's start with the advantage of a town that is a favorite with backpackers; most restaurants serve descent vegetarian meals, and the tastes range from Mexican to sushi and Italian to Indian cuisine.The shops and markets in town are not cheap. So you're better off buying your souvenirs elsewhere. But if you are looking for a strange kind of battery for a camera or cable for your laptop you can find it here. Don't be surprised if you have to pay twice the price.The main reason to go into town is the big choice of restaurants and cafes, and you won't be disappointed on that part! Close
Written by ArnyZona on 22 May, 2007
If you are staying in one of the hotels/resorts on the way to the Maya ruins, you don't want to go all the way to the town to get some beer, water, or snacks. From the town to the ruins, you can find a little…Read More
If you are staying in one of the hotels/resorts on the way to the Maya ruins, you don't want to go all the way to the town to get some beer, water, or snacks. From the town to the ruins, you can find a little mini market on the right side of the road, a couple of miles from the big crossing. Actually it is more like a big garage box, but you get an excellent choice of local beers (one liter bottles of special Corona and others!) and the lady that owns the place speaks excellent English so she can give you some handy tips what to explore / visit in the vicinity. Oh and she has some great cheap canned salsa too, excellent to consume by the pool with some nachos and a cocktail! Close
Written by trekkin treena on 19 Nov, 2004
We arrived after a thirteen-hour bus journey from Cancun that was absolutely buzzing, due to the help of sleeping tablets. We rolled into the nearest hotel -- hotel Avendia -- which ended up being pretty good, with double beds, a pool, and a forest behind…Read More
We arrived after a thirteen-hour bus journey from Cancun that was absolutely buzzing, due to the help of sleeping tablets. We rolled into the nearest hotel -- hotel Avendia -- which ended up being pretty good, with double beds, a pool, and a forest behind which we could hear monkeys calling. It was ridiculously cheap, at about a tenner ($17) each for two nights.
The small town of Palenque is built around one main street, lined with clothing and shoe shops, along with a good handful of restaurants. Though the place is not overly touristy, it seems to be going that way, and there are young children constantly trying to sell you jewelry and belts. But they are sweet and want hardly any money, so part with it if you can. Our first destination was the incredible Palenque Mayan ruins, dating from 300 AD; they are amoungst the most impressive in Mexico -- they were breathtaking. The central ruin was a palace, and the surrounding ruins housed the other members of the ruling class, three of the temples are situated in such a way so as on the winter and summer solstice, the light from the moon goes through each one and connects in a central clearing. This still happens on those dates, which I bet is well good to see. The ruling class told the people that this was a message from god and a sign to start harvest. It was very interesting. Then these two little Mayan boys who were selling some stuff took us to a secret waterfall in the forest. It was amazing; they took us on a trek through the tropical forest and showed us the medicinal plants in the forest, like eucalyptus and something that smelt of dentists. Then we got to a pretty little waterfall and collected clay for us to use on our skin. They were ever so sweet.
Today, we went to a place called Agua Azuls (blue waters), another highlight just outside Palenque. It is an incredible stretch of cascading waterfalls that spans maybe half a mile of river. The water is bright turquoise. Everything has worked out perfectly -- we have been riding around in the local transport (sort of like a horse box with seats) that you just flag down, and it costs about 20p for an hour’s journey. We also checked out a place called Penchan after some locals recommended it to us. It is a short taxi ride away and is a restaurant that has live music later on. The food was good and as cheap as everywhere else. It was very European, and nearly all the people eating were travellers, but there was a good atmosphere and everyone was friendly, so we ended up staying until close and then headed to a nearby bar, taking some of the restaurant staff with us. We ended up in a club called Morno (monkey). It was shocking, but quite a laugh -- typical salsa-style music, and everyone appeared to be over 35 and Mexican, apart from us. It was a good laugh though, and they even played the Mexican national anthem to end the evening (though I can´t remember too much of that). Over and out.