Palenque, Chiapas: visitor information


This Magical Town is a paradise for lovers of archaeology, history and nature. First, it is close to the archaeological site of Palenque; and second, it is a privileged space to explore the jungle, discover waterfalls or enjoy the view of lagoons and the fauna of the region. Such is the importance of the Palenque archaeological site that it has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 1987.

Palenque was founded by Fray Pedro Lorenzo, some distance from the ruins of the same name in 1567. The Dominican father integrated the town with many Chol families dispersed in the Lacandon Jungle. It is known that the natives called Palenque, Otulún, a word of Chol origin that means "fenced or fortified place".


In Spanish, Palenque means "place surrounded by a wooden fence or stakes". The pre-Hispanic city dates back to the third century and was one of the most notable cities in the Mayan world. It also acted as a ceremonial center, thanks to the Mayan patrons who were interested in demonstrating their power. It was one of the most important Mayan cities of its time, on a par with Calakmul and Tikal. The current population is composed of native peoples such as Chol, Tzeltal, and Lacandon.

Palenque is located in the heart of southeastern Mexico, northeast of the state of Chiapas, in an area of high tropical forest where waterfalls and rivers abound. Its climate is tropical, warm, humid and rainy; with an average temperature of 27º C and peaks of 36º C.

The local cuisine is dominated by the local flavor, such as Chiapas tamales, duck in chirmol, sweaty fish or deer splash. To drink it is suggested to try the tascalate, the pozol or the chica; and as a dessert, try the sweets made from bee honey.

Among the handicrafts of the region, exquisitely embroidered clothes, pottery and jewelry worked in amber stand out.

It has been participating in the Magical Towns Program since 2015.


Aluxes Ecopark

Agua Clara Spa


Tourist Camps

Agua Azul Waterfalls

Misol Há Waterfall

Roberto Barrios Waterfall

Palenque Center

El Panchán Tourist Community


Catazajá Lagoons

Alberto Ruz Lhuillier Site Museum

Lak Puj Kul Textile Museum

Palenque National Park and Archaeological Zone

Artisan's Square

Santo Domingo River

Usumacinta River



Montebello lagoon in Palenque, Chiapas
Montebello lagoon in Palenque, Chiapas


International Mayan World Expo, Palenque, last week of March

Holy Week, April - May.

Feast of the Holy Cross, May 3.

Santo Domingo de Guzman Fair, August 4th. Traditional dances and marimba music

Feast of All Saints, November 1 - 2.

Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, 12 - December.


Located 2 hours from Villahermosa, 4:30 hours from Campeche, and 6 hours from Tuxtla Gutierrez. The new Palenque International Airport is only 10 minutes from the city of Palenque.

Palenque is located in the north of the state. It is bordered on the north by Tabasco and the municipalities of Catazajá and La Libertad; on the east by La Libertad, the state of Tabasco and the Republic of Guatemala; on the south by Ocosingo, Chilón, and Salto de Agua; and on the west by Salto de Agua and the state of Tabasco.

By Mexicanist