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Film Location: Palenque Mayan Ruins, Chiapas, Mexico

Written on October 12, 2017


Palenque Mayan Ruins are located in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. Built between 400 AD and 900 AD, the site is spread over a 15 sq km area. Structures of note include the Temple of Inscriptions, Temple of the Cross, Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Foliated Cross, Palace complex, Temple of the Skull, Temple XIII, Temple of The Jaguar, Structure XII, and Temple of the Count.

The ruins are surrounded by dense jungle, howler monkeys, waterfalls. Nearby Misol Há waterfalls featured in the movie Predator.

The ruins are located about 6 km from the town of Palenque, a relaxed town with plenty of accommodation and restaurant options. Palenque has a new airport with direct flights from Mexico City.

Mayan Ruins Film Permits

Film and photography of publicly accessible areas, for personal purposes, does not require a permit. Commercial photography requires permission from INAH. Permission to film at any Mayan ruins is typically not granted for commercial productions. Small footprint productions for documentary or tourism purposes may be given permission. Allow plenty of lead time.

Chiapas Fixer, Production Service Support, & Shooting Crew

Contact us if you are looking for a Chiapas film fixer to help arrange your shoot at Palenque. We are also able to recommend Mexico City based shooting crew including directors, DoPs, videographers, cameramen, and stills photographers.