Palenque of the Mayan World

Historical sights ©Gorski/flickr

Historical sights ©Gorski/flickr

Rafting, archeology, hiking, tasting the amazing cusines in Palenque are just the few examples of what you can absolutely do in Palenque. Some learn the cultures and traditions by watching how they celebrate the festivities, others hop from museums to cultural centers. One other way to experience Palenque is to tour the villages.

Village tours near Palenque

Here you can clearly see the different ethnic groups such as the Tyeltal, Ch’ol also Lacandon. The craft traditions are rich out there and they are still surviving til today. Handmade items by these people living at Chiapanecos or Chiapas includes the clothing and regional costumes. They use a coarse muslin-like cloth material called the manta and created them by hand. Even backpacks or leather bags are their crafts. They have amazing embroidered skirts made using colorful threads. Those who are good at jewelry certainly know how to make good use of the light metals and stones and even wood and ceramic to make exotic designs of necklaces. Some mixed race people still lives in Palenque. There are also mestizos who just came to settle int he Marques de Comillas region. This is the place where people protect their environment by not using any artificial fertilizers.

Cuisine in Palenque

Mexico ©Andre Deak/flickr

Mexico ©Andre Deak/flickr

Exotic flavors is a definite, from choices of snails to venison, the Chiapas is simply the Mexican heritage. Traditional Palenque food names you must note is the shote con momo. It is a dish made with river snails together with yerba santa leaves and corn dough. The herbs yerba santa of course gives it the aroma that you can now imagine. You should also try the local tamale, tamales Chiapanecos is based on steamed corn dough. The other highlight is duck in chilmol sauce. This is specially made with cilantro, tomatoes and the most important ingredient, chili. Then the Sweated fish or what is locally known as pescado sudado. In Palenque, there are also the salpicon de venado, this is a venison salad. If you want something really light, try their bread soup. These dishes can be found in traditional restaurants also int he market.

Desserts and Beverages of Palenque

The meal is incomplete without their divine honey-based desserts. White or Cocoa Pozol and chichi are corn-based type of drinks to savour. Locally, there is a speciality fermented drink called Balche. This drink is made using leguminous bark and honey.

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