The impressive Mayan ruins at Palenque are surrounded by tall jungle, which lends an air of mystery to the site. The site is vast, and only the central area is accessible to visitors. Here you’ll find the majestic Temple of the Inscriptions, which contains the tomb of Pacal, the first great ruler of Palenque. Allow at least half a day to see the site. The nearest airport is Villahermosa, around 2 hours away by road.