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Palenque Retirement Profile

Lovers of Maya lore come for the fabulous ruins, and Yaxchilan and Bonampak are a long day trip away. Palenque town is hardly scenic, but en route to the archaeological site, magical Panchan draws wanderers and New Age types with music, theater, and cheap digs

Swimming
Play in the Queen's Bath, a shallow pool amid the Maya ruins

Hiking
Hike among the less traveled parts of the extensive archaeological site

Walking
Lots of great walking at the ruins, but hot hot hot

Good Food
Not

Art
Fascinating murals and hieroglyphics at Palenque ruins

Reading
Not a bad place to read a book in the shade

Museums
Excellent Maya museum at Palenque ruins

Ruins
The Maya ruins of Palenque are magnificent, with a "lost in the jungle" feel

Sightseeing
Day trips to Agua Azul, a series of batheable pools, and Misol-Ha's waterfall

Tennis
Awfully hot, but few hotels have courts

Handicrafts
Reproduction Maya artifacts; souvenirs

Shopping
Museum shop at Palenque ruins, which has a good bookstore too

Jungle
Very jungly; the ruins right in the jungle

Rivers
refreshing bathing at beautiful Misol Ha and Agua Azul

Country
This small town is right in the country

Humid
Yes! It is humid, hot and buggy.

Single
Meet fellow travelers at Panchon and other inexpensive lodgings

EnglishSpeaking
Locals speak English, this is a travelers' mecca

International Airport
closest international airport in Villahermosa, about 2 hours away

Remote
Definitely

Mid-Range Hotels
Many are in La Canada neighborhood

Budget Hotels
Budget digs in town; Mayabell and Panchan recommended en route to the ruins

Camping/RV
Many opportunities on the road to the ruins

Retire in Palenque