Palenque: Home of “Pakal the Great”


Kʼinich Janaab Pakal I, also known as Pacal, Pacal the Great, 8 Ahau and Sun Shield (March 603 – August 683), was ajaw of the Maya city-state of Palenque in the Late Classic period of pre-Columbian Mesoamerican chronology.

Pakal acceded to the throne in July 615 and ruled until his death.

Kʼinich Janaab Pakal also known as Pacal

Located in the state of Chiapas (which in itself is one of the best places to visit in Mexico), the Mayan ruins at Palenque are much smaller than some of the more well-known sights.

Surrounded by jungle and far from any major city, it also means that they’re far less crowded. In addition to exploring the ruins, you’ve also got several waterfalls and caves in the area to check out.

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While some travellers visit the ruins on a long day-trip, you’re better off basing yourself in one of the cool forest hideouts.

Spending the night at one of these funky spots allows you to get an early start and take in the ruins before the hottest part of the day.

Check out accommodation options in Palenque here

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