Blogs from Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico, North America


North America » Mexico » Chiapas » Palenque August 14th 2023

After nearly a day in the airports and flying we eventually get to Palenque. We had to take a flight back to Mexico City and then transfer to a plane to take us to Val…., from which we had a minibus to Palenque. It seemed a bit odd flying back to Mexico City but I can imagine that if the tour started anywhere other than Mexico City it would be difficult to fill, so understandable. We are up early again, but not as early as the day before setting off to Monte Alban, but this time we are having a tour of a Mayan settlement, another archeological site - my grandson would love this holiday as he is only just 7 but already wants to be an archeologist and of course a gamer (designing games but ... read more
Watching over us

North America » Mexico » Chiapas » Palenque November 12th 2019

Bye Bacalar, Bye Enrico e Michelle, bye Campeon. We loved you all. We enjoyed the last days in Quintana Roo but it’s time to move on, direction Chiapas. First we need to grab a bus to Chetumal and then another one to Palenque, night bus that arrive at 4:30am, at 5 we are already in bed, inside a little cabaña on the edge of the jungle. The weather is shit but luckily we didn’t get not even a drop of rain on us, it’s raining hard but we are sleeping deep and for when we woke up, at 8:30am, the sun shining on the muddy puddles. I already been to Palenque 10 years ago. I remember well how much humidity. This is the most raining part of Mexico. Still around 27 degrees. First thing after Daria’s ... read more
One of the temples
Marco going up
Good weather for us, lucky guys

North America » Mexico » Chiapas » Palenque September 29th 2019

I'm not going to go into too much detail here because, as you can see from the title, I visited more ruins and there's not much I can say which I haven't already. The ruins at Palenque (Palen-kay) are unique due to their artwork and carvings. Their location, situated on the side of a mountain also seems to be unique. The jungle scenery surrounding the former Mayan city was just as impressive as the structures, with some beautiful trees around 30M high. Coupled together with the former Mayan city this made for a very eerie atmosphere. Whilst walking around the central palace area, which seemed like a maze of different rooms and courtyards I managed to get lost. I'm not joking, it took me around ten minutes of walking down different passageways and ending up in ... read more

North America » Mexico » Chiapas » Palenque November 21st 2018

We don’t have anything on our agenda today. We are waiting on news as my dad is back in hospital with a suspected heart attack so we really don’t want to go far. I go to the bakery for a couple of rolls for lunch and a croissant for breakfast. I also dump another bag of laundry off. The Mexican equivalent of a ‘lollipop man’ is standing at the road junction. Seeing that I am waiting to cross, he leaps out in front of an oncoming car with his ‘HALT’ placard and beckons me across. :-) I arrive at the fruit shop. It is packed and there are no avacodos left. Pity. I purchase a yoghurt from the shop next door instead. It rained hard for most of the night leaving a much cooler start to ... read more
Splosh in the pool
Papaya cocktails

North America » Mexico » Chiapas » Palenque November 20th 2018

Today is the ‘Day of the Revolution’. I guess we should have known that this would be an important day since every town and city we have visited so far has had a very important street named ‘20 November’! We set off towards the town square. We can hear a brass band playing just beyond. There is a long procession of school kids marching in the road, a brass band and finally some people in traditional Mexican dress on horseback, in fact, the first we have seen wearing sombreros! After the parade has finished, we make our way to the colectivo station. We get into a mini bus bound for the ruins but get off at the EcoPark. It’s a bit of a mini zoo but it takes in animals and, where possible, reintroduces them to ... read more
Revolution Day Celebrations

North America » Mexico » Chiapas » Palenque November 19th 2018

We have opted for a van tour today. In this humidity, we just don’t want the hassle of arranging things ourselves. We could easily have split these sites over two days and done it ourselves but then we would have been left hanging around for colectivos and having a 2km hike if we wanted to see the Misol-ha waterfall. We have chosen to start early at 8am to avoid some of the heat. We are the only ones foolish enough to have chosen this option, so a smart private car appears to ferry us to the ruins. We will meet up with the rest of the group on the van later. The only problem with this arrangement is where to leave my rucksack - it is stuffed with swimming gear and I wasn’t planning on lugging ... read more
Palace freizes
View from Temple of the Cross

North America » Mexico » Chiapas » Palenque November 18th 2018

This morning we are a bit late getting going. We were very tired after yesterday’s journey and then there was a lot of noise in the hotel making for a disturbed nights sleep. We drop our laundry off and buy provisions for a picnic lunch at the waterfalls. The area we are visiting today is called Roberto Barrios - a jungle area with waterfalls and swimming holes. We are told that the waterfall area is recently developed and that there will be no vendors there for food or drink, so we need to go prepared. We set off in search of picnic food, and then a colectivo to take us there. After a bit of searching we find the right place. There are several colectivo places in town but different roads serve their own particular destinations. ... read more
Roberto Barrios Waterfalls
Roberto Barrios Waterfalls
Roberto Barrios Waterfalls

North America » Mexico » Chiapas » Palenque November 17th 2018

We know it’s the weekend - the Mexicans were up till gone 1am shouting down the corridors, laughing loudly and banging doors. Our hotel owner, Suzanne, is shrugging her shoulders in annoyance - it’s always the same, she tells me. We have a strict ‘no alcohol on the premises’ policy but they ignore it...all they want is the local Oxxo for booze and a big TV screen for their soap operas! I don’t know why they don’t just stay at home, she exclaims! Anyway, suffice to say, she prefers European guests. :-) We say our goodbyes to Suzanna and Petra, the cleaning lady and general live in help who seems to have adopted us. She looks at least 100 but Suzanna has told me that she is 53 and has worked for their family for over ... read more
On the way to Palenque
Potholed road

North America » Mexico » Chiapas » Palenque November 4th 2018

Sat 3-Sun 4 Nov - Day 8 to 9 - Palenque Next we took a scenic and lengthy bus journey to Palenque. We passed through beautiful views as we travel for nine hours to the town and ruins of Palenque, famous for the tombs found filled with riches in honour of the renowned Lord Pakal and the Red Queen. We stopped several times, n one occasion buying a whole pineapple cut up. It was so sweet. Arriving around 6.30pm we immediately noticed that the town was very small, and the main road was lined with hotels and restaurant, so very touristy. This town was mainly for the ruins. After dropped our bags into a lovely Hotel Xibalba which was a large a/c room with a sizeable bathroom, we all met across the road for a Mexican ... read more
Alfonso at Palenque Ruins Mexico
Departing Palenque
Cascada Agua de Azul near Palenque - a welcome beer in the humid heat

North America » Mexico » Chiapas » Palenque March 2nd 2018

I didn't do much, but walked the city center. I was waiting for a night bus to San Cristobal de las Casas. I had my first official Al Pastor taco of my trip here. Checked out the nearest church. Noticed that there were some homeless encampment in the church courtyard.... read more

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