International takes you back in
time to the Maya city of Palenque. Whether you’re on our
River of Ruins Adventure or would like a custom tour package to
the region in and around Palenque, Chiapas Mexico, Ceiba always
offers great, friendly and reliable service for your vacation
The ancient Maya city of Palenque flourished in
the seventh century. Its most famous ruler is known as Pacal the
Great, whose tomb was discovered in 1948 by the Mexican archaeologist
Alberto Ruiz Lhuiller. The construction of his spectacular tomb,
known as the Temple of Inscriptions, was begun as early as 675
and houses the 2nd longest glyphic text known in the Mayan world.
The glyphic text of Pacal’s tomb records approximately 180
years of the city’s history, from the 4th through the 12th
K’atun and Ruiz was the first person to gaze upon Pacal’s
tomb in over 1000 years.
Pacal the Great’s tomb is remarkable for its large carved
sarcophagus, the rich ornaments accompanying Pacal’s body
and for the stucco sculptures decorating the walls of the tomb.
Archaeologists estimate that only 10% of the site
has been uncovered. The Temples of the Cross group of ruins, which
were named by early day explorers, are now called Temple of the
Sun, Temple of the Foliated Cross and the Temple of the cross.
Each of them has elaborately carved relief panels that depict
two rulers prior to Pacal, as well as, the Ceiba tree of life.
With recent developments in this amazing ancient
Maya city, Palenque encourages everyone to come back for multiple
visits and explore all that it has to offer. The Maya ball court,
the aqueduct, and newly built museum make this one of the most
written about and studied regions in all of the Maya world.
Ceiba’s Mayan archaeology tours are small
groups of 6 to 12 participants. We always have two guides, who
include a well-traveled, well-versed Mayanist and a veteran Ceiba
guide to handle all of the day-to-day and behind the scenes logistics.
The majesty of Palenque is just one of the Maya
treasures that we’ll experience on the River of Ruins tour.
Yaxchilan is definitely a highlight, located on the oxbow of the
Rio Usamacinata - it’s setting is a favorite among Maya
enthusiasts. Bonampak with its painted murals and the nearby Lacandon
Indians, make for yet another fantastic stop along this River
of Ruins journey.
The Guatemalan section of the tour is focused
in the Peten Department, and we spend two nights in Tikal National
Park. There is nothing quite like the Mayan nucleus of Tikal and
we’ll have the opportunity to visit a good percentage of
this vast site. Please look at our Tikal page, which has extensive
information on Tikal and all of the wonders it has to offer, as
well as, all of the other Maya sites that Ceiba International
The town of Palenque has been Ceiba’s winter
home for almost 30 years. It is a very interesting town –
warm and tropical, it has a cow-town feel with international travelers
supporting the thriving tourism industry. Diverse restaurants,
a great selection of hotels, several nightclubs, along with endless
arts and crafts shops make Palenque a must-see location.
Ceiba International’s local guides, chauffeurs,
and four assistants have all been handpicked to offer you unlimited
assistance during our tours. You can always count on friendly,
reliable service at Ceiba International and we look forward ti
seeing you in Palenque, Chiapas Mexico.