The city of Palenque, located in Chiapas, Mexico, has the feeling of being a small town truck stop that got slammed hard buy the money making machine of tourism. The only thing worth doing in this city is visiting the amazing Palenque Ruin, organize a tour to see other remote ruins in the area or jump on a van to Guatemala.
Although the Day of the Dead is also celebrated in many Latin American countries except Mexico (and also in parts of Europe, Asia and Africa), the Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is most intensily celebrated in Mexciowhere where it is equal to a National Holiday. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration takes place on November 1st and 2nd, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. Although it is about the Dead, it is also a celebration where eating and partying both are common as well.
The local airport is only used for military use, the closest airport is in Villahermosa and only a 2 to 3 hour drive away on a very good road.
There is only one best station and it is located at the west end of town only a short cab ride from the city centre.
It is possible to arrange transport into Guatemala and even directly to Tikal. The one way trip takes over 7 hours and involves a ferry across the river. Most of the time the trip to the river is pared up with day travellers or multi-day travellers going to Yaxchilan and Bonampak, which leave at about 5:30 am. After crossing the river a driver will pick you up (on either side) and take you to the immigration office that is not on the border.
The cost depends greatly on what is included and the kind of trip is it a one way trip, two way trip, one day or multi-day trip, food included, Tikal tickets included, only to the border, only to Flores (Guatemala) or does it go onward. The trip prices range from about 500 to 2,000 pesos depending on hat is included. Any travel agent in town or at El Panchan can arrange the trip for you. It is possible to take local transport but this will be a series of collectivos to the border that will take a much longer time.
|Hotel Chablis Palenque||Merle Green 7 Col. La Canada||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Maya Tulipanes||Caada No. 6||HOTEL||83|
|Yaxkin Hostel||Prolongación Avenida Miguel Hidalgo, Esquina 5ta p Zona eco-turistica la Cañada||Hostel||72|
|Hotel Palenque||Av. 5 de Mayo||HOTEL||-|
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Along the main street of Jurez in town there are several internet cafe's offer the same price and the same service.
Sometimes photocopy stores or photo processing stores will double as an internet cafe with a couple of computers. Look for signs reading "Acceso a Internet" or "Cibernautica" or "Cibercafe". Charges range from approx. US$1 an hour to US$3 an hour, depending on the location.
See also International Telephone Calls
Phone cards can be purchased anywhere and are needed for the majority of public phones. To call any number outside your region you have to dial 01 then followed by the area code. If calling a cellphone from a normal phone start with with 044. If calling cellphone to cellphone just dial the 10-digit number. To make an international call dial 00 followed by the country code then the local number. To call to Mexico, also dial 00 (most of the times) followed by the national code 52.
The Mexican postal service is operated by Correos de México. The post service in Mexico is pretty good although not very cheap. It is reliable regarding the sending of postcards, but it takes at least a week to send it to other countries (US/Canada), more so if you send it to Europe or Australia. For packages it is better to use international services like FedEx or UPS. If you are sending a package internationally with the Mexican postal service, take the package OPEN to the post office, they may want to inspect it. Seal it up at the post office. Post offices typically open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday, and 9:00am to 1:00pm Saturday. You will find post offices (Oficina de Correos) is almost any town or city in Mexico. To buy stamps it is best to go to the post office, although you can also get them at stamp machines, located outside the post offices, at bus stations, airports and some commercial establishments.
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