In what seems to be an extraterrestrial apparition, vestiges of one of the most important Mayan cities are unveiled in the middle of the thick jungle. Between the humidity of the air, the greenery in the landscape and the heat that never ceases, there is no visitor who does not wonder how a civilization managed to build these constructions, under such difficult conditions. The beauty of the site is highlighted by the background landscape and makes the experience of this trip a wonderful adventure.
Palenque is the unforgettable city lost in legend. Abandoned near the year 900 AD, it was virtually unknown until the end of the Colonial period, when the rumor spread that it lay asleep in the jungle. In 1952, Pakal’s tomb was discovered, and after that an avalanche of studies would teach us the following: it was founded around 100 BC as Lakamha, it was capital of B’akaal around 600 AD, it dominated the Usumacinta river, and its history was both tragic and glorious. It hosted the most sophisticated Mayan art, and has, among other treasures, the tomb of the Red Queen. Because of its impressive buildings, lush vegetation, and fauna diversity, Palenque it’s a Magical place.
Any praise uttered about Palenque will be unfair. Imagine finding a Greek Acropolis in the middle of a tropical rainforest, and now multiply it by 10, because it is estimated that 90 percent of its area is still hidden. Add to that a natural environment of irrational abundance and beauty – the Lacandon rainforest – and you will understand why, when it was declared World Heritage Site in 1987, it had taken long enough. A leading example of the Classic Mayan culture, Palenque has two thousand years of history as witness to its genius.