Palenque is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites I always wanted to visit.
After two weeks my brother, Drikus, was now full steam into the adventure and we were trying to reach all our kilometer goals. After a massive 1900m elevation climb in only 40 kilometers, we reached the city of San Cristóbal de las Casas. San Cristobal (in Chiapas province) is a beautiful Spanish colonial town, which was build between a series of mountain ranges.
I could see Drikus was tired after a few though days in the saddle and was glad when he agreed on resting a few days. I then took the gap and started to plan a quick side-trip to Palenque :)
The archaeological site of Palenque (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is one of the most beautiful mayan sites which can still be seen today. This city was founded in the beginning of the Christian era. Archaeological finds indicate that the city was occupied between the 5th and the 7th century.
By the end of eighth and early 10th centuries, the ancient Maya civilization collapsed and some of the archaeological evidence indicate that the city was abandoned by A.D. 850.
Visiting this magnificent UNESCO site in Mexico, you really get the feeling of how things were in the times of the Mayan’s. This is a beautiful preserved site and one of the places that needs to be on everyones bucket list.
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