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Yaxchilan

Mexico
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Ranked #4 of 69 Attractions in Chiapas
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Gorey, Ireland
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118 reviews 118 reviews
57 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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135 reviews 135 reviews
40 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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132 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 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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149 reviews 149 reviews
38 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 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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Copenhagen, Denmark
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Yaxchilan is luckily not as well-visited as for example Palenque or Chitzen Itza. That is fantastic for those who get there, because having the site for yourself is a great experience. The trip from Palenque is super easy and comfortable, the boatride is gorgeous, the site itself a perfect combination of excavated and restored parts and stuff left to the... More 

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MÉXICO
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3 reviews 3 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

For me it was specially impressive looking a partially destroyed sculpture of a Person sitting, like those in Ramsés II (Abu Simbel) Temple in Egypt, it feeled like related, you have to go to this striking spot. Me impresionó la estatua de una Persona sentada en un trono, de manera tan parecida al templo de Ramses II (Abu Simbel) en... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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22 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

I visited this site in conjunction with Bonampak, which I have reviewed separately. Whilst staying at Palenque, a friend and I decided to forgo the Palenque archeological site and visit Bonampak and Yaxchilan instead. It was highly recommended by our trip guide and I was keen to explore as many archeological sites as possible and this one out of the... More 

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