• Location: Palenque, Mexico
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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Set out from Palenque for a day full of natural wonders and cultural exploring. Visit the UNESCO-listed Palenque archaeological site and spend a couple hours touring this ancient, jungle-clad city, learning about its role in Mayan civilization while perusing its temples and artifacts. Afterward, pay a visit to two local waterfalls: the towering 115-feet-high (35-meter) Misol-Ha, and Agua Azul, a series of turquoise-colored cascades and pools—prefect for a refreshing afternoon swim.


  • A full-day cultural and archaeological tour from Palenque, Mexico
  • Explore the ancient Mayan ruins of Palenque, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Admire the 115-foot-high (35-meter) Misol-Ha Waterfall
  • Splash in the pools of Agua Azul, a series of cascading waterfalls
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop-off

What You Can Expect

Palenque Mayan Ruins, Misol-Ha and Agua Azul Waterfalls Full Day Tour from Palenque

Misol-Ha Waterfall

Customer Reviews

Ines N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

I really enjoyed this tour. I ended up being the only one attending the tour that day and my tour guide was just full of knowledge. I feel like I gained a lot from the experience. Palenque is just beautiful!

Rick Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Beyond words!!!

James L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016


Taylor R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We essentially had a private tour with Ricardo. It was a fantastic experience! Palenque has great ruins that you can actually walk through inside the structures, unlike others in the region. Additionally, the waterfalls were both amazing stops. Highly recommended!!

William C

4 star rating: Recommended February 2017

Palenque is an extremely important site for Mayan civilization.

Unfortunately for tourists, there's less there than the reputation would indicate.

Only 1-5 of the total site has been reclaimed from the jungle, so you can see the whole thing in a couple of hours. Unless you are hell-bent to go for the history, or are in the area anyway, it's a long way to travel for what you get. Unlike Chichen Itza or Teotihuacan and other per-Colombian sites, Palenque isn't near anything particularly interesting. The town of Palenque is mostly another sad, poor Mexican town, with a few hotels and restaurants. The archeological site is well-maintained, and our guide was quite knowledgeable, though his English was at the bare minimum level.

The Misol-Ha and Agua Azul waterfalls were more disappointing: hours spent traveling over horrible roads to sites that were nice, but hardly worth the time invested. It was fascinating to travel through rural Mexico past villages and towns I would not otherwise even know about, but the roads are in a state of disrepair and the use of topes speed bumps to slow traffic meant grinding to a near-halt dozens of times.

Better than going to the waterfalls in my opinion would be to spend some time at the Palenque Museum. Our guide discouraged us from going because he likely got a kick-back from the restaurant at Agua Azul we ate lunch at. In hindsight, I would have rather paid him a bit more NOT to take us there.

While the town of Palenque isn't much to talk about, we did have some good food at the Restaurante Maya and Bajlum, which prepares are vision of authentic Mayan food cash only!. And our stay at the Hotel Villa Mercedes Palenque was a bit of paradise in a chaotic world.


3 star rating: Worth doing June 2017

I am the only person who joined the tour in the morning. It was a little confusing because the drivers speak a little English. Palenque ruins is great, and the guide explained the history of this site very well. I was transferred to another local tour to go the the 2 waterfalls in the afternoon. The driver did not speak English at all. Thankfully Mexicans are eager to help me all the way. I would rather stay at Palenque ruins longer, because traffic time was really long to the waterfalls. The whole trip was safe, and the general experience was good and unforgettable.

Stephan H

3 star rating: Worth doing February 2017

Palenque was great, but the local guide was a little bit annoying because he tried to sell an extra tour instead of just doing the tour which was already paid for. Misol-Ha really great, but not too much time to explore well. Agua Azul is very growded and really annoying because you can't just admire the falls because of hundreds of people trying to sell you banana. Recommended restaurant was bad and expensive. Overall a good tour regarding destinations, unfortunately a not very motivated guide.

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