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Chiapas Archeological Tour from Palenque: Yaxchilan and Bonampak...

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Beautiful place

Extraordinary ruins, worth to see ! Very well organised tours from Palenque to Yaxchilan en to Bonampak. Whole day but well spent.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Extraordinary ruins, worth to see ! Very well organised tours from Palenque to Yaxchilan en to Bonampak. Whole day but well spent.

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Chilliwack, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Yaxchilan would be a spectacular site entirely on its own merit, but the fact that it is a half hour down river from the middle of seeming nowhere only enhances the whole idea of this fortress-like site in a circle of land described by a nearly circular bow in the Usamacinta River. We booked a Wayak tour online no more... More 

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Chico, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This is a remote Mayan site, requiring a 2.5 hour drive to Frontera Corozal followed by a 30-minute boat ride down the Usumacinta River separating Mexico and Guatemala. The major buildings at the site are reached by hiking up and down narrow paths through the jungle, then descending a magnificent staircase into the Grand Plaza. There are other Mayan sites... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Yaxchilan is one of the mist beautiful Mayan ruins we ever saw. We stayed overnight at Frontera Corozal and went on the lovely 45 minutes ride on the lancha along the beautiful river that divides Mexico from Guatenala. We arrived at the site at 9:30 and we were the only people there . The vegetation is impressive and very dramatic... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Amazing ruins. A 40 min boat ride. We brought some empanadas from the lady at the dock and some sodas too. Really beautifully kept. Saw monkeys up in the trees. I didn't feel unsafe at all. If you don't speak Spanish it might be a little tough.

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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

If you have the opportunity, do a little research on the ruins. All placards have information in English but no brochures available. For best photo opportunity - arrive at park at opening. (Sundays - park admission is free for nationals)

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San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

An astounding aspect is the forty-minute boat trip along the broad Usumacinta River to get there. Look for the spider and howler monkeys in the ruins's jungle setting. You will certainly hear the latter, who sound something like airbrakes being applied. Take enough time to really study the beautifully carved lintels in mint condition. Enjoy the jungle and watch out... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We went to Yaxchilan from Frontera Corozal, Mexico. From there, it's a 50 - 60 minute boat ride down river (and 90 minutes coming back against the current). Just the ride is worth the visit, as you are traveling thru the jungle down the Usumacinta River (which is the border between Mexico and Guatemala). We saw crocodiles, spider & howler... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015 via mobile

Yaxchilan are the most impressive Mayan ruins we have visited. Very few tourist go there because it takes 3hrs one way plus a boat ride of 45 minutes from Palenque. However, the whole day trip is worth it. The arrival by boat is already very special but when you then see the temples in the middle of the jungle without... More 

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Darwin, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

It was a long day (13 hours), but the ride out to the river and the ride down the river were both interesting. Saw crocodiles and howler monkeys on the way. The ruins are really interesting and there is some excellent artwork in situ. A different pelota game and court from the other sites. It was also a female regency... More 

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