Deep in the mist-shrouded jungles of the state of Chiapas lies one of Mexico’s most impressive Mayan cities. The first written account of Palenque dates back to the 16th century, but its history dates back to about the 3rd century.
It is not the largest Mayan city, but it is one of the most important due to its sheer volume of inscriptions – a recorded history that has helped researchers truly understand the details of Mayan history and culture.
The site is peppered with hundreds of ruins which, while a stony gray now, were once vibrantly colored with reds, blues, and yellows.
The most impressive structure is the Temple of the Inscriptions, which contains hundreds of hieroglyphics. The entire site was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
Address: Carr. Zona Arqueológica ” Palenque ” Km. 6.5, 29960 Palenque, Chiapas., Mexico