El Panchán is for travelers who love nothing more but to go hiking in the Mexican rainforest. Located to the center of Palenque’s alternative scene, the Pachan has quite the bohemian atmosphere and is perfect for campers and those who would love to ‘rough it’ outdoors. It’s also a favorite site by many archeologists or anthropologists.
The site is rustic and has many spots you can explore, including a meditation temple, a rippling stream and a temascal or a hot spring that has been there since the pre-Hispanic era. The El Pachan is one of the most visited places in this area and is also a preferred spot for many foreign exchange students who would love to wander and get to know the roots of Mexico deeper.
The Maya Exploration Center is nearby this area, which is why many students are familiar with the Pachan as there are lectures here, as well as showing of documentary films.
As for accommodations, don’t expect a place where there’s five star facilities because the El Pachan is really more for campers than for tourists going on a relaxing holiday. At best, guests will have to stay in cabanas fit for accommodation of groups.
There is no electricity in many of the areas, so a lot of the conveniences of staying in a hotel is absent here.
The restaurants here are mostly open air and there are few local bands that play music. Food served at these establishments are nothing fancy as well.
However, for a different kind of experience, where you get to enjoy most of what nature has to offer, El Pachan is tops when it comes to exploration.