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Ruins of Palenque

Founded in 1567, the city of Palenque is frequently used as a launching point for visiting the famous UNESCO World Heritage Mayan Archaeological site by the same name. The city and its surroundings areas offer several options for hosting events.


The Maya ruins, located 5 miles from the town of Palenque in the thick jungle, were discovered in 1784 and gained popularity throughout the 19th century.  The Mayan town was built around agriculture, beginning in approximately the year 100 BC. It wasn’t until the late classical period (600 to 900 BC) that Palenque rose to the status of a regional capital, reaching its apex during the 68-year reign of the leader named Pakal (or Sun-Shield). Two of Palenque’s most notable Mayan architectural wonders include the Palace, its buildings arranged around four patios, and the famous Temple of the Inscriptions, which holds Pakal’s famous mausoleum, and was discovered in 1952 by Archaeologist Alberto Lhuillier.


The Palenque region is covered with lush jungle vegetation, and visitors have several options for enjoying its natural splendor. The Playas de Catazaja is a town south of Palenque, which sits in a region that is continuously being covered and uncovered by ephemeral lagoons, produced by the large amounts of water that falls during the rainy season. Conversely, the Agua Azul Waterfalls are a series of indigo blue waterfalls, which fill up calcareous pools of water.


The Villa Mercedes & Resort holds ideal facilities for hosting events of up to 200 people in proximity to the ruins. With its 1,550 square feet of space and 92 guest rooms, the hotel also has a restaurant, 2 pools, free parking and DMC services available. Alternatively, the Hotel Ciudad Real Palenque is located 10 minutes from the ruins, and offers 69 guest rooms and 3 events spaces with a combined surface area of 7,524 square feet. 


The city of Palenque is located 93 miles southeast of Villahermosa (whose international airport services several US destinations) in the state of Tabasco and is easily accessible via bus or car. Buses leaving Tuxtla-Gutierrez and passing through San Cristobal can take also take you to Palenque, the trip lasts roughly 5 hours. The ADO bus station is located in the center of Palenque town; taxi rides to the ruins can also be taken from there

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Palenque Destination Profile
Type of Events:
  • - Congress
  • - Convention
  • - Incentive Trip
  • - Special Interest Travel
  • - Wedding
  • - Up to 200 people
Hotel Rooms:
  • - 50-99 rooms
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