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Yaxchilan

Address: Mexico
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Ranked #3 of 67 Attractions in Chiapas
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mexico Cty.
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

You can only get there by boat navigating the Usumacinta river, or by plane, small planes land in a green grass track. We got there by boat, a wood narrow boat with a small palapa which will cover you from the intense sun, will take you in an adventure, crocodiles, monkeys, tucans, and all kind of enormous trees as you... More 

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Seattle, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Yaxchilan was an important Classic-era Mayan city-state that for a few centuries (600-900 CE, moreor less) controlled the travel & commerce along the Usumacinta River where it borders Mexico & Guatemala. The ruins sit on a bench above an oxbow on the Mexican side of the river. See other reviews for details on the ruins & the high speed ride... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Magical place! For starters, you can only get there by boat - the site is nestled in the tight curl of a river and there is no access road - so you have a 20-30 minute boat ride along a tranquil river with part jungle, part farmland on either side. The day we did it, it was raining off and... More 

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Gorey, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

I have visited a lot of ruins but must admit my historical knowledge is somewhat lacking. Yxchilan would be difficult to visit outside of an organised tour unless you have a car, but it seemed most people came on a twin trip which included Bonampak. I really loved this place. Feels like an Indiana Jones movie set. Ruins are beautiful... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This is a fairly undeveloped remote Mayan ruin that is worth the trip. It is hours from Palenque or you can stay in Frontera Corazal at one of the very rustic jungle lodges. The charm of the site is its remoteness and relatively untouched nature. This is not a large site so you might be disappointed after such a long... More 

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Bremen, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

If visiting ancient Mayan ruins is something you like to do then you should definitely add these ruins to your itinerary, especially if you are already planning to visit either Palenque in Mexico or Tikal in Guatemala. This is a wonderful site. (you need 2-3 hours here) (Bring water) Try to get an early lancha (say at 6:30 am) so... More 

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Heidelberg, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The Yaxchilan, Bonampak and Lacandon forest area is now well set up for tourists, with good signposting and plenty of accomodation, which when we were there (August) was definitely not full. The tours out of Palenque treat tourists as a commodity, shunting them from bus to bus at the operators' convenience and not always giving the time advertised at the... More 

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Alexandroupoli, Greece
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137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Very nice trip from Frontera Corozal by boat to this Maya Site. 45 minutes boat ride thru lousious Jungle river with great views of nature. Nice quit site for photo's no vendors not busy. Do this trip on your way to Guatemala

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San Francisco, CA
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180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Yaxchilan is definitely worth the effort of going there. I went on a small tour of ten people -- even though I loathe tours, I was glad to have used a tour guide in the end due to the three checkpoints you pass through where I saw many cars being searched -- booked through Palenque at our hotel. It does... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

It takes a bit to get there. Usually, sleeping in Frontera Corozal,taking a 45 mn boat the ruins, and back. The boat ride can be interesting as you will probably spot crocodiles. The site will be probably all for your self(it was the case for us). No vendors makes it a very desirable ruin to visit (Chichen Itza looks more... More 

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