Palenque is one the big three ancient Mayan sites, the others being Chichen Itza in the Yucatan and Tikal in Guatemala. Palenque is set in the jungle, is smaller than the other 2 sites, but known for having better preserved original carvings and reliefs. The town of Palenque is itself nothing special, so it is recommended to stay in the jungle near the entrance to the ruins. Magic mushrooms are freely available here. These photos are from the ruins and adjacent museum. I also visited an animal rehabilitation centre, where they have introduced scarlet macaws into the wild for the first time since they became extinct in this part of Mexico 70 years ago. On the road to Palenque from San Cristobal de las casas, you will pass by the spectacular waterfalls of Agua Azul (Blue water) and Misol-ha.