Planning Your Time
Plan to spend a full day at Palenque archaeological site and its excellent on-site museum—you don’t need quite that much time, but it’s hard to squeeze it into just a morning or afternoon. Budget another day for the waterfalls on the Río Tulijá; most people book day trips from Palenque town, but some agencies offer onward service to San Cristóbal, a convenient option if you’re headed that direction.
Better still, plan to stop for a few hours, or even stay overnight, in Ocosingo to visit the excellent but little-visited ruins of Toniná. Located almost exactly halfway between Palenque and San Cristóbal, it’s a great way to break up the trip. Palenque is the most common jumping-off point for visiting ruins and indigenous villages in the Río Usumacinta Valley; definitely worth figuring into your plans.
© Liza Prado and Gary Chandler from Moon Chiapas, 1st Edition