Palenque Transportation and Lodging, Visiting Area Ruin Sites, Chiapas State, Mexico
Palenque Ruin Site view of the Temple of the Inscriptions, a building
that housed the tomb of the Emperor Pacal, leader from 615 to 683 AD.
Palenque Transportation, How to get There
ADO runs very modern bus service that connects through the City of
Villahermosa, Through Oaxaca City, through San Cristobal de las Casas,
and from Cancun, Merida, and other cities.
A small airport on the outskirts of the town of Palenque has cab service into the city
of Palenque. The City of Villahermosa offers the nearest international air terminal.
ADO runs service to Villahermosa Airport. (ASUR)
Palenque, a city of 85,000, offers all sorts of accommodations at all price ranges
along with a variety of transportation to many other ruin sites.
To reach Palenque Ruin Site and Museum, catch the white van collective
taxis that make runs to the ruin about every 15 minutes and cost 10 pesos. They
round the rotary at the Cabeza Maya, a large sculptured head at the entrance to the
Once the collective van reaches the ruin, they park for ten or fifteen minutes and wait
to fill for the return trip.
Transportation to Other Mayan Ruin Sites.
Two van services run no frills collectivos to the Frontera for boat trips to the Mayan
Site of Yaxchilan and Bonampak. They drop passengers at the crossroads for
Mayan Bonampak and drop people at the Frontera for trips to Flores Guatemala
and Tikal. (independent travelers often go on from Tikal through Belize or
Find Chamoan at their terminal located just off (west) of the Cabeza Maya
sculpture, just down the hill and to the right side of the road you will see their
terminal. Vans start at 5 am and run hourly for the 90 mile trip 100 Pesos one way.
Transportes Benemiento runs vans from the same terminal (parking lot) to the
Frontera for 70 Pesos starting at 3:30 am running hourly until 5 pm 70 Pesos one
way. (seasonal schedule and prices)
Tour agencies located in the town of Palenque also run trips to Yaxchilan,
Bonampak, Tonina, Agua Azule, the cascades. and to Flores, Guatemala for trips
van. Located on Benito Juarez, English and Spanish spoken. www.viajesmisol-ha.
- Mundo Maya de Viajes Misol-Ha for ruins packages via AC
trips include the use of San Juan Travel in Guatemala. English and Spanish spoken.
- OTC tours running vans tour packages to Bonampak, and Yaxchilan. Flores
- Kichan Ba-jlum, packages, Yaxchilan, Bonampak, Agua Azule, Air
Conditioned vans english , Spanish, French, www.kichanbajlum.com
Immigration authorities are active on the road, best to have a passport and copy of
your Mexican tourist visa.
Area Ruin Sites, Sightseeing:
Bonampak is an abandoned stone city built by the Mayans between the 5th and
10th centuries AD near the Usumacinta River and the border with Guatemala in
Mexico's southern most State of Chiapas, 90 miles west of Palenque.
Bonampak was once an important Mayan political center allied with nearby
From the city of Palenque, collectivos and tour buses make the two and a half hour
- Yaxchilan. The Mayan inhabitants abandoned the city around 1000 AD.
trip to Bonampak and Yaxchilan.
Tonina is a Mayan ruin site in the town of Ocosingo on the road between San
Cristobal de las Casas and Palenque. Reach Tonina from Ocosingo ADO terminal
by taxi and collectivo
Tours leave Palenque and follow the road for the cascades
Mayan Ruin of Tonina can be reached from the town of Ocosingo which has
- Agua Azule is on the road to San Cristobal de las Casas. On that road, the
an ADO terminal.
Plentiful lodging options can be found in the area called the Cañada near the Cabeza Maya at the entrance to the
town of Palenque.
Hotel Cañada for example offers rooms for 450 Pesos per night.
El Chechen Hotel offers in room WiFi, hot water, air conditioning, TV: 350 pesos, multi-night 300
If you arrive by ADO, the Cañada is just a few blocks north and east. Cab for 20 pesos from the ADO station.
Campgrounds, hotels, and posadas are plentiful in the town with campgrounds, inns, posadas, and luxury hotels
on the entrance road to the archaeological site.
Tourist Center ( Palenque Modelo de informacion touristica) on Avenue Juarez at the Plaza of Artisans
in the town center. Not well stocked with maps or info
Phone: 011-52- 916-345-0798
- Maya Bell RV and Camping Park
Located on the access road to the Palenque Ruins.
Several other campgrounds on the ruins road.
Palenque Transportation and Lodging for Visiting Area Ruin Sites
in Chiapas State, Mexico is available, plentiful and at times
luxurious. Travelers can also find bargain transportation and rustic
lodging while visiting the Mayan ruin sites.
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