Our last stop on our tour from San Cristobal to Palenque. After experiencing the humidity of Agua Azul I thought that it couldn’t ever get worse. I was wrong.
The Mayan Ruins of Palenque are deep into the jungle and date back from 226 BC to 799 AD. After the city’s decline, the architecture here was swallowed up by the jungle. By 2005, the unearthed area of this site was about 2.5 km² however, it is estimated that there are still more than a thousand buildings left undiscovered either underground or too deep into the jungle!
As I said the first thing I noticed when we got off of the bus was the thick humidity of the jungle: I was sweating like hell and the clothes started sticking to the body.
After walking the path to enter the ruins area, the discomfort left space to the beauty of the Mayan ruins and the bright green of the jungle surrounding this opening. I was in an Indiana Jones movie. I was in pure awe. It was glorious.
The place is quite large and these ruins aren’t as popular as Chichen Itza resulting in fewer people around and a more comfortable experience. There were times when I was alone sitting on a stone staircase or at the top of a temple listening the wildlife screeching from the trees.
The temples and pyramids or structures, I don’t really know how to call them, here are impressive to say the least. Although, obviously, there are similarities to other Mayan sites, there are many elements here that set this site apart from others in the area. To me the real difference maker was how well finished the entire area is and the fact that you can climb on most of the temples. Other than this there are the facts that the Temple of Inscriptions houses the second longest hieroglyphic text from the Mayan World and the tomb of the famous ruler Pacal The Great was discovered here.
We slowly explored through the site, on and off every temple, imagining what life must have been like thousands of years ago. Before leaving, we took a breather atop the Temple Of The Cross and enjoyed the fantastic views over the ancient city. It is one of the best memories of Mexico and that’s why I included all these photos!