Mayan Ruins of Palenque
Palenque – Mayan Ruins
Palenque is a city located very close to the border between Mexico and Guatemala. Its main attraction is its Mayan ruins although it also has other natural attractions such as the Agua Azul waterfalls and the Misol-Ha waterfalls. We decided to visit only the Mayan ruins of Palenque which, in my opinion, are the best Mayan ruins in all of Mexico.
We arrived in this city early in the morning after having travelled all night in a cramped and uncomfortable bus where we were not allowed to store our luggage in the luggage compartment of the bus and were instead forced to travel by our large suitcases inside the bus. There were not even compartments at the back of the bus and we had to practically carry our suitcases. In addition, we were sitting in the back of the bus and this part of the bus got very hot and the heat was impressive. We had left in the evening hours and arrived in the early hours of the morning. We slept for a couple of hours and prepared for our journey to visit these Mayan ruins that I wanted to see so much.
Getting to the site was relatively easy and when I was inside I was once again impressed by all the buildings created so long ago. What makes these Mayan ruins magnificent is to see how the buildings were devoured by the jungle and reborn again thanks to the help of archaeologists. The first building you come across is the Temple of the Inscriptions and it is spectacular. Inside this building, you will find the funerary plaque of its governor Pakal, who ruled Palenque from the year 615 to 683. During his rule, Palenque was one of the most important cities of the classic period.
There is also another building called The Palace. It is a group of internally connected buildings built on a kind of artificial terrace. In this place you can live a complete Mayan experience since there you can see different types of elements such as corridors, underground galleries, patios, boards with hieroglyphics, there is even a wall with a sculpture that shows the moment when Pakal received the throne of this empire, you can also see Pakal’s bed and many other things. It is said that only 2% of this entire Mayan city has been discovered and so far it is immense. There are many more buildings throughout this Mayan city with much more history. Walking in the middle of the jungle with the help of a map and the desire to discover these places made this day an excellent experience. It was a pleasure to visit these Mayan ruins for many reasons. Firstly, of all the Mayan sites I visited, I felt a different connection with this one, and the buildings are spectacular. Secondly, it is not crowded with tourists like Chichen Itza or Tulum. And lastly, the fact that it is in the jungle adds a great touch to this place. If you are interested in learning more about this fantastic world, please visit this page.