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Palenque Town, Mexico

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Temple of the Inscriptions

Temple of the Inscriptions

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Temple of the Sun

Temple of the Sun

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Temple of the Inscriptions

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Palenque Town's days as a sleepy little village are far behind. Locals have obliged the needs of travelers in search of the ruins at Palenque, Bonampak, and Yaxchilán by opening a string of restaurants and lodgings on and around Avenida Juárez, the main thoroughfare, and along La Cañada, a popular tourist destination west of downtown. Although Palenque is not a really cute place, it's colorful enough, with cinder-block buildings gussied up in coats of vivid yellow, orange, and blue paint. You can listen to a marimba band in the square or buy a sugary pastry from a vendor on a bicycle.

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Palenque’s Ruins Among Mexico’s Cultural Gems
Palenque’s Ruins Among Mexico’s Cultural Gems

The temples, tombs and plazas at one of the most impressive and beautiful of Mayan sites reflect the civilization at its peak from 600 to 900 AD.

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Shopping in the City Center
Shopping in the City Center

Relax in Palenque’s compact town square, and explore side streets nearby for crafts and jewelry. Several appealing restaurants offer open-air seating.

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Far-Flung Adventure at Bonampak and Yaxchilán
Far-Flung Adventure at Bonampak and Yaxchilán

It’s an all-day trip into the rain forest, but these Mayan sites reward visitors with colorful, well-preserved murals and intricate sculptures.

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