The wonderful archaeological compound of Palenque
is located at 284 kilometres from Tuxtla Gutierrez and at 200 kilometres from the City of San Cristóbal de las Casas.
This attractive corner in Chiapas, which conjugates the forest's natural beauty with he monumentality of the Mayan works, can be accessed by air or by land, be it by road or railroad in the latter case. You make your choice:
- By air: commercial flights arrive in Palenque coming from Francisco Sarabia Airport in Tuxtla Gutierrez, the Capital of the State of Chiapas. You can also charter a light aircraft to take you to the ancient Mayan City.
- By land: you can come from Tuxtla Gutierrez, the Capital of the State of Chiapas, and from Villahermosa, the Capital of the neighbouring State of Tabasco, located at 284 and 149 kilometres from Palenque, respectively.
You have to take highway 190 coming from Tuxtla Gutierrez, which goes across the State in a West to Southeast direction going pass San Cristóbal de las Casas, and then highway 199 leading to Ocosingo and Palenque. The trip takes approximately 5 hours.
If the trip begins in Villahermosa, you have to follow highway 186 up to the City of Escárcega; there you will take highway 114 up to the Municipality of Palenque, where there is a bifurcation towards the archaeological compound. The trip lasts more than two hours.
- By train: this is an interesting alternative that sets off from Cordoba, the industrial City of coffee in the State of Veracruz. The railway goes all the way up to Mérida, Capital of the State of Yucatan, although it stops at the Pakal-Na Station, nearby Palenque, during its long journey.
Likewise, there is also the so-called Mayan Express, a luxurious tourist service connecting Mérida and Palenque. The train has a coffee car, dinning car and club car. It also carries a library specialised on pre-Hispanic cultures.