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Mexico is situated in the northern region of the American continent linking the Gulf of Mexico on the east and the Pacific Ocean on the west. It is encircled by the United States on the north and by Guatemala and Belize on the south and is divided into six tourist regions. These regions are Northern Mexico, Central Mexico, Southern Mexico, The Yucatan Peninsula, The Pacific Coast and The Baja California Peninsula.
Located in the southern state of Chiapas, about 290 kilometers northeast of state capital Tuxtla Gutierrez and 220 kilometers from San Cristobal de las Casas, Palenque is one of the most important Mayan archaeological zones. Simply put, it is a must-see destination on the next visit to Mexico’s southern region.
The ruins are embedded in the heart of a tropical jungle, which gets torrential downpours during the summer and has an average temperature of 26 degree Celsius. Palenque offers amazing temples and structures dating back to Mexico’s Classic era from 400 to 700 AD where the ruins were explored during the 19th century. Among the most important structures at the site are the El Palacio, which has a notable tower that rises above the complex, Los Templos Del Sol, de la Cruz and de la Cruz Foliada, which surround the Plaza del Sol. In 1952, a tomb was discovered under this temple with a beautifully inscribed sarcophagus among the funerary furnishings of King Pakal. The ancient ruler of Palenque ordered the temple’s construction, which would also serve as a holy tomb after his death.
In the ruin’s surrounding areas, one can go hiking amongst dense jungle vegetation while appreciating the abundance of plant and animal species that inhabit the Palenque National Park, which covers some 1,700 hectares. There, one will spot various bird species, howler monkeys, and might even get a chance to spy a jaguar. About 6 kilometers east of the archaeological zone and the national park, lay the town of Palenque, which offers everything one will need for your visit. They provide lodging, restaurants, stores and markets, where one can buy all kinds of crafts and enjoy the tasty regional cuisine of Chiapas. Nearby, one can visit the waterfalls of Agua Azul and Misol-Ha, two important natural tourist attractions.

Palenque can also be considered as the preeminent, historical and potential tourism destination that enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers to become one of the most visited places.

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