Discover the best top things to do in Palenque, Mexico including Palenque ruinas, National Park of Palenque, Aluxes Ecoparque, Cascada de Roberto Barrios, Cascadas de Agua Azul, Cascadas de Misol-Ha, Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier", Welib Ja Waterfalls, Agua Clara, La Asuncion.
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5 based on 2 reviews
Blistering hot and suffocating humidity, but not enough to over-shadow the archaeological wonder that surrounded us. I've been to the pyramids in Egypt and the Egyptians had nothing on the Mayans. My interest to learn more about this amazing culture was stimulated.
5 based on 1 reviews
A wide variety of pyramids, temples and sculptures have all been found at this famous Mayan archaeological site.
We visited mainly to go to the Palenque ruins however there is a “forgotten ruin” off the beaten track. On the way back from the ruins we walked down the hill until we came to a corner with a sign post with a howling monkey on it. Walk through the jungle and you will come across the forgotten ruins with a little help from google maps. It’s very impressive with many different birds spotted along the way and also many howling monkey calls.
It’s a beautiful national park! Be sure to check out more than just the ruins!
5 based on 539 reviews
Aluxes is a Conservation Park in Palenque, we rescue native wildlife and reintroduce lost species into the wild whenever posible. We are open to the public to support our work as we are a NGO, not-for-prof working for the conservation. We have night tours $300 day visits $60 children $100 Adults (mexican pesos) feeding the animals experience (manatee, crocodiles, macaw), Petting zoo (crocodile, boa, others), School visits, Animal seminars. We open all days from 9am to 5pm but can open earlier upon request.
I have nothing but praise for the work that the charitable organisation that runs the Ecoparque Aluxes is doing. It is as much an sanctuary for rescued creatures as a zoo.
I spent a most enjoyable couple of hours there in January 2018. It was fascinating being able to get so close to so many wonderful animals, birds and reptiles. I cannot recommend a visit too highly.
4.5 based on 369 reviews
These Waterfalls were beautiful! My friends and I had such a great time! Water temp was great in December. The Waterfalls are not huge from a height perspective, but certainly from a width and length perspective, i.e. there were numerous falls, working their way down-river. Swim, and work your way down the falls. A highlight of a two weeks trip throughout Mexico!
4.5 based on 2 reviews
This trip to Misol-Ha and Agua Azul seems to be a must-see for Palenque visitors, but it is over-promoted and disappointing. The van ride out to the site is very long--winding roads, speed bumps, hour and a half travel-time. The rural villagers have totally occupied the riverfront with a kilometer or so of cantinas and shops selling agua de coco and trinkets. It really spoils the experience. If you go, be sure to hike about a quarter-mile or so up-cascade for one of the three or four swimming sites. You will be rewarded if you ascend past the last few "shops"--to a beauitful and rustic stretch of the river with virtually unpeopled swimming pools
4.5 based on 1 reviews
We only had a day trip here and for the mere price of $30 Australian dollars it was worth it. You can stay in one of the cutest little wooden cabins that face directly overlooking the Waterfalls and would've done that if I'd done by research.
Anyway, we were invited into the huts for a few hours by some tourists and ended up staying and having food, wine and a good night. So jealous.
Eventually we made our way back to our own digs but this place is very special.
Give it a go.
Not really wheelchair friendly. Kids would like it.
4.5 based on 87 reviews
Here you'll find a truly breath-taking collection of ancient Mayan art and artifacts. This is a perfect companion to the archeological zone, as it provides a faded glimpse of how Lakamha (Palenque) must have appeared in it's heyday. The museum is spacious and airy, making the visitor feel more like a guest than an intruder. The jewel in this crown is certainly the atmosphere-controlled vault that houses the remains of Pakal's sarcophagus. There's plenty of information inside (in both
Spanish and English) to explain the iconography and symbolism of this magnificent piece. The original cover-stone has been taken to Mexico City, but the reproduction is absolutely faithful it. Highly recommended for Mayanologists.
4.5 based on 58 reviews
Picturesque Waterfalls some 45 min drive to the south from Palenque lie in the beautiful surroundings very near Guatemala border. From the entrance (some entrance fee) you follow the path some 200 meters until you reach a series of steps leading some 10-15 meters down to the water. Here is possible to get into water without any difficulty and bath in an natural pool where waters from 3 different Waterfalls converge. Waters of the waterfall to the right are very warm, and here is possible to sit on the stones right under the natural shower, you can hold a rope for safety. There is much more water force in the rainy season, and less water in the dry season, so water streams can be differently strong.
With underwater camera we have seen lots of fresh-water fishes in different sizes and colours. It was a place we did not want to leave soon.
4 based on 21 reviews
After visiting the touristy Agua Azul, Agua Clara is a paradise. It is a local place. Maybe on the weekend some families come here to relax, picnic and swim. Otherwise there are no tourists. The water is so blue. You can swim there or observe the local people crossing the river to their village or you pay for the ride for 5 pesos to cross the river. You need your own transport to get there.
5 based on 6 reviews
Not many people know that below the infamous but crowdy Agua Azul cascades lies much more spectacular part of the same river and waterfals. You will need to walk down the river for abou an hour. A local guide is recomended - the path is evident but you pass trough local ejidos that may ask you for permission. And then you arrive to the astonishing huge Waterfalls that finally drop into another river... and very probably you'll be alone there! There are places to swim, but precautions are recomended. An experience for true adventure-seekers, indeed.
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