Like all Albatros Adventure Marathons the Lost City Marathon is designed to be more than just a race. It's also about enjoying time together with family, friends and other running-minded spirits. Spectators welcome!
In order to register for the Lost City Marathon, you must sign up for one of the tour packages.
The Lost City Marathon takes place in Palenque in the state of Chiapas in Mexico. While the Maya ruin city remains the most renowned attraction, the area also captivates visitors with its lush jungle, waterfalls, rich fauna and delicious food. What's not to like?
The itinerary is detailed below. This is what you'll be doing during your stay!
22 FEB 2024
Welcome to Villahermosa and Palenque, México
Today is arrival day. The easiest way to reach Palenque is by flying in to Villahermosa in the state of Tabasco. There's no international flights landing in Villahermosa, but 7 daily flights coming in from Mexico City. Albatros representatives will be ready in Villahermosa airport for each flight arrival today. In Villahermosa airport busses will be waiting to bring you down to Palenque - a 2½ hours drive.
Domestic flights are not included in the package, so we kindly ask you to inform us the flight number and time you are arriving to ensure enough bus seats.
If you plan to arrive to Palenque with different means of transportation check in to your hotel is guaranteed from 15:00.
Meals: No meals included this day
23 FEB 2024
Explore the Maya ruins of Palenque - race briefing
The day before race day we drive to the Maya ruins of Palenque where the race will kick off.
The Palenque ruins used to be a Maya city state, but perished on the brink of the 9th century after more or less 1000 years of existence. It was a medium-sized city on a Maya scale, but none-the-less a very important site. Due to its location right between the flat Yucatan and the mountains Palenque become a connecting center for several city states and has some of the finest architecture of all the Maya cities. It is estimated that only about 10% of the constructions have been excavated with the rest of the city still being lost to the jungle...
After the guided tour there will be time to explore the area on your own before the bus leaves. On the way back all runners meet at the Chan-Kah Jungle Resort for lunch and a race briefing by the race offials. At this time your race packs are handed out, the most important details about tomorrow's race will be explained and questions can be asked to the officials and medical team.
Back at your hotel the rest of the afternoon can be used to relax at the hotel or take a stroll through cosy Palenque town.
In the evening a pasta buffet dinner is served at your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
24 FEB 2024
Today is the big day! You will enjoy an early breakfast at your hotel before we take the bus to the start at 06:00 am.
All runners will be dropped off at the parking lot outside the Palenque Archeological Zone. Here bags and items for the finish line can be dropped and toilets will be available. The race will be started in waves, with marathon runners in the first waves and half marathon runners in the last waves. 10 minutes before the start of each wave the runners in that wave will be allowed to enter the Archeological Zone and line up at the start. No items that are not being used during the race can be taken inside. This includes drinks of any kind, food of any kind, bags, and extra clothing that is not being worn for at least the first 3 kilometers.
The first wave starts at 07:00 am.
The finish line is located by the Chiapaneca restaurant where a post-race meal is included. Shuttle busses will be ready to bring runners back to their hotels.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch in the Finish Area & Dinner
25 FEB 2024
Optional excursion and celebration dinner
After yesterday's run some may want to relax at the hotel pool or take another visit to the Palenque ruins on their own.
It is also possible to book the excursion going to stunning waterfalls of Agua Azul and Misol-ha with our Adventure guides.
In the evening busses will bring everybody to the festive celebration dinner.
Meals: Breakfast & celebration dinner (if the excursion to Agua Azul is booked, lunch is also included)
26 FEB 2024
Our time in Palenque has come to an end. Transfers will be going to Villahermosa airport throughout the day according to the flight times informed to us.
If you arrived to Palenque with different means of transportation, the hotel check out is at 10:00 am.
Misol-Ha & Agua Azul waterfalls
25 Feb | 5.5 hours | 85 USD
If you are a fan of waterfalls you should not miss this excellent excursion to two of Mexico's best - the Misol-Ha and the Agua Azul.
The Misol-Ha is a single drop 35 meter high waterfall that plunges into a circular crystal-clear pool surrounded by lush vegetation. A boardwalk will bring you safely behind the waterfalls, giving you a spectacular and awe-inspiring view.
Agua Azul, meaning "Blue Water" consist of several smaller falls and pools. The water is famous for its very clear and turqouise blue color.
Lunch is included in the excursion. We recommend that you bring good footwear (no flip flops) as it can be a little muddy around the falls.
All prices are per person in USD.
Standard Shared double room: 990 USD Single room supplement: 150 USD
Transfer from and to Villahermosa airport on 22nd and 26th February 2024
Guided tour to Palenque ruins incl. entry ticket
Lunch and dinner Day 2
Celebration Dinner Day 4
Snack lunch at the finish line
English speaking tour leader
Travel and health insurance
Meals not stated in the itinerary
Anything not mentioned under 'Inclusions'
Marathon or Half-Marathon:
Race entry includes:
English-speaking race officials
English-speaking medical team from Denmark
Timing and results
Craft Runners T-shirt
Manned water and energy drink stations along the route
Collapsible cup for hydration
Transportation to start area and from finish area
Booking and Payment
The booking of a trip is binding for both customer and travel agency once the deposit (25% of the total trip price) has been paid at the time of booking on the booking.albatros-adventure.com website. The remaining amount must be paid 75 days prior to departure. A payment link will be send 7 days before due date. If the deadline for the remaining payment is exceeded, there is no guarantee against otherwise unnecessary changes. Bookings made later than 75 days prior will require full payment immediately.
The email sent to the customer upon booking a trip acts as the booking confirmation. It is therefore of vital importance that the customer provides a valid email address.
The 5-day tour package starts and ends in Villahermosa airport, but does not include flights.
Villahermosa Airport (VSA) does not serve international flights, but has eight (8) domestic flights daily from/to Mexico City (MEX) with AeroMexico, Viva Aerobus, and Volaris.
There is a direct morning flight from Villahermosa to Cancun (CUN) on Mondays flown by Viva Aerobus, but from Cancun to Villahermosa the direct connection is only flown on Wednesday evenings and not Thursdays.
Questions about Mexico or Palenque?
For information on visas, currency, electricity, and more, please check our Destination Guide page.
For information on weather and clothing, please check the our Climate & Weather page.
If you're curious about the destinations that we'll be visiting or other background information on Mexico, you can read all about it on our Travel Destination page.