Palenque is everything an archaeological site should be: mysterious, well-preserved and imposing in its beautiful jungle setting. The Maya first settled here as early as 100 BC and the city reached its peak between AD 600 and 800, when it served as a regional capital. It fell into a precipitous decline in the early 10th century and was abandoned to the ever-encroaching jungle. Excavations have uncovered ruins emblazoned with fine sculpture and splendid stuccowork. As the ruins are surrounded by the forest and Palenque is not as crowded as Chichen Itzá it made for an enjoyable stop on our way to the Yutacán Peninsula.
Photograph taken with Nikon D100 & 12-24mm lens at 24mm on 20th November 2008