Palenque

Palenque

One of the great Maya cities of the Classic period, Palenque flourished from around 500 to 700 A.D. before being abandoned around 900 A.D.  Located in one of the rainiest areas of Mexico the ruins were quickly overgrown and hid from the outside world for centuries.  With the exception of the central plaza, much of the 15 square kilometer site has yet to be completely uncovered.  Palenque’s dense jungle setting, waterfalls, streams and surrounding hills form an impressive backdrop to the exquisite architecture.  Declared a unesco world heritage site in 1987, Palenque is one of the marvels of Mexico and attracts thousands of visitors each day.

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