El Jaguar - El Panchan
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El Jaguar cabanas Apr 03, 2011
El Jaguar – El Panchan
Truly beautiful place right on the entrance to one of the most beautiful Maya ruins in Mexico. Entrance is actually to national park that includes ruins of Palenque and few native villages. El Panchan is group of cool cabanas/hotels that are located on both side of the road. When you arrive to bus station, you can take cheep taxi service (around 50 pesos), or go even cheaper with colectivo (10 pesos per person) that goes towards the ruins. We went to El Jaguar, amazing, simple cabanas, divided with small creeks passing under multiple bridges. Reception is on the right side of entrance to the National Park, and if there is no one there, you should walk to next house and find owners. You can rent smaller and larger cabanas and they are between $5 and $10, and for higher price you get larger bed and bathroom in your own cabana. There are no glass windows, but nets are placed over all window holes and over walls that are made of small wood. Your privacy is protected with small curtains covering around half of the window size. Of course you wake up with first sun and first monkey that start screaming in the trees above your cabana. Roof is made of straw, looks beautiful and works mostly great. Our last day there, rain started during the night. It brought nice chill wind that is perfect for sleeping, and I would not have any problem… but… right above me there was a small hole in the roof, and one drop of water was coming directly on my head every few minutes… Rain also brought a bit of interesting danger, and small creek becomes a raging river almost taking over few of the small bridges. It was real jungle rain, and we were lucky that previous days we spent whole days roaming the ruins and surrounding area.
Bathroom is perfect, bed is comfortable and clean. Outside the cabana there is nice terrace with few chairs, just perfect for relaxation and enjoyment in watching birds and animals in your surroundings. There is one very good restaurant in El Panchan complex, and it is Italian with menu that covers most of the local food and Italian classics, all very tasty and well prepared. On the way to the ruins, on the right side of the road, there is other restaurant with great onion soup . Aside of Mayan ruins, there are many great tracking trails, and lots of cool places to go in surrounding area (such as waterfalls, cascades…). Hostel can get you good deal to many trips in the area.
It is simply a crime to sleep or spend any time in city of Palenque which is not too ugly, but comparing to El Panchan it is waste of your time. City is small, has two bus stations (TRT bus is way cheaper than ADO, and they run same quality busses!!! I made mistake buying ADO ticket to Mexico City without checking around first), kind of nice city center and central plaza with lots of birds that are incredibly loud.
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