Palenque: an ancient Maya city in the midst of the Chiapas jungle (VIDEO)

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The ruins of Palenque are just as impressive as those of Chichen Itza or Teotihuacan, if not even more, yet many travelers neglect to visit them.

The ruins are set in the midst of the jungle and are surrounded by stunning waterfalls and caves that are waiting to be explored.

Base yourself in one of the hideouts along the road between the Palenque town and the ruins, and get an early start at the ruins to beat the crowds.