GETTING THERE

Aeromexico and United offer nonstop flights from Washington Dulles to Mexico City. Interjet Airlines flies from Mexico City to the new Palenque airport, with fares starting at about $220 round-trip.

Note: Many establishments in Chiapas accept only cash and often can’t make change for large bills; plan accordingly. ATMs are available in Palenque town.

WHERE TO STAY

El Panchán

Carretera Ruinas KM 4.5

www.elpanchan.com

Affordable lodging and camping at a funky jungle compound near the entrance to the ruins. Cabins from about $18, cash only.

Piedra de Agua

Carretera Ruinas KM 2.5

011-52-01-916-345-0842

www.palenque.piedradeagua.com

A tranquil boutique hotel whose 10 rooms feature private terraces with hot tubs and hammocks. Rooms from $95.

WHERE TO EAT

Don Muchos Restaurant & Bar

Carretera Ruinas KM 4.5

www.elpanchan.com/en/restaurante.html

Pizza, pastas and nightly live entertainment at this “Italian Mexican” gathering spot in El Panchán. Entrees about $10. Cash only.

Restaurante Maya Cañada

Primera Av. Norte poniente Colonia, La Cañada

011-52-01-916-345-0216

www.restaurantemayacanada.com

Authentic regional fare in town, including chapay (heart of palm, about $5) and Palenque-style enchiladas bathed in Chiapanecan mole sauce (about $7).

WHAT TO DO

Palenque Archaeological Zone & Museum

www.inah.gob.mx

Entrance fee of about $4.50 includes admission to the museum. Many companies offer one- and two-day package tours of major archaeological sites (Palenque, Yaxchilán, Bonampak), waterfalls (Agua Azul, Misol-Ha) and an ecological reserve (from $10 not including admission fees to $85 inclusive). El Panchán arranges tours through Trans Tulum; ask at reception or e-mail transtulum@hotmail.com.

INFORMATION

www.visitmexico.com/en