Palapa (structure)

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A palapa on Huach River

A palapa (a Spanish word of Mayan origin, meaning "pulpous leaf") is an open-sided dwelling with a thatched roof made of dried palm leaves. It is very useful in hot weather and, therefore, very common on Mexican beaches, such as in Acapulco. It is perhaps one of the most important architectural contributions of West Mexican culture.

Palapas are also common in Honduras and other Central American countries.

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