After nearly a year of business meetings and a busy schedule, I decided it was time to take a vacation to my dream destination, Palenque. Here lies the historical site of an ancient Mayan city in Southern Mexico, just what I needed to recharge my batteries from the strenuous year prior. From what I had heard and read on Palenque, I knew that it was located deep in the jungles of southern Mexico and offered a panoramic view of the surrounding scenery. However, when I arrived, nothing could prepare me for the wonder that stood ahead.

Departing for Mexico|

I began my journey from my home in Jersey, New York, USA. Booking flights to Mexico was easy enough. All I had to do was visit Google flights, search for tickets for JFK International Airport to Villahermosa Airport in Mexico, and book online. When the day of travel had arrived, I was packed and ready. My luggage comprising of some travel shirts and shorts for walking through the Mexican forest, a sturdy and comfortable pair of trekking boots, a first aid kit and toiletries, and of course a can of insect/mosquito repellent spray.

Arriving at Mexico

I landed at the Villahermosa airport around 6.30 in the morning on a beautiful December day. The weather was cold but bearable, much more pleasant than what I am used to back home in New York. From there, I knew that Palenque was two hours away. I took a taxi from the airport that made provisions to drop me at Palenque. The drive was brisk, taking approximately two and a half hours to get there. I did not encounter much traffic along the way, and the view of the beautiful dew-drenched countryside of Mexico was scenic. The fare was approximately hundred dollars, and I dropped in at Chan-Kah Resort Village.

This resort is a tradition-inspired Mayan hotel and spa, and my room was a detached cottage with a comfortable bed. Just before beginning my exploration, I had a delicious breakfast of eggs, Tortilla Casserole and some fresh fruits.

The Many Must-Visit Places at Palenque

The ruins of Palenque, just a few minutes away, are dated back to the 7th century. The architecture of the structures was quintessential Mayan pyramids. At the site, I studied the intricate work of beautiful sculpture, roof comb and bas-relief carvings. Similar to other Mayan ruins in Mexico like Chichen Itza, the ruins extend into the surrounding jungles and one can get lost in thought, contemplating the ancient people that lived here and the lush vegetation.

I spent much of the remaining three days of my vacation in the same way, enjoying a leisurely brunch at my room. Followed by more exploration, the day ended with a relaxing session at the spa or lazing around the pool before a delicious continental or Mexican dinner. I felt like quite an explorer here at Palenque; the days were long and full of surprises. For travellers here, I would recommend a good tour guide to explain you the rich history of this archaeological wonder. It’s a good idea to wait until your arrival to find a tour service, as the prices are competitive and you can find a deal this way.

After my blissful three-day stay at Palenque, it was time to go home. I, however, promised myself to return soon to complete my exploration of this magical city.


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