Journey to Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico

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Palenque was a major, major city-state in the Mayan Empire. It’s a day trip from San Cristóbal de Las Casas.

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Even though it’s not as photogenic as other sites, its shear size and amazing structures made it one of my favourite historical sites of all-time, and undoubtedly the best Mayan site. And this is after I’ve visited many other ones in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras.

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The main square – the most iconic section.

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It was the only Mayan site I wished I had more time in. The day trip included several waterfalls and it’s quite far to begin with and it closed from like 4pm.

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It was my first Maya site – very hot.

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The waterfalls were cool, but after seeing so many in Australia and China, I wasn’t too happy about all that time spent there instead of in Palenque.

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Some people swam in safer areas, and there was even a small museum.

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Tuxtla, Chiapas, Mexico

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Tuxtla is officially the capital of the “free and sovereign state” of Chiapas, although most tourists go straight to the historic and cultural capital San Cristóbal de Las Casas, and the airport is actually like an hour away from the city.

The church pictured above looked different, but overall the city was just a giant market.