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Yaxchilan

Mexico
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Ranked #4 of 66 attractions in Chiapas
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins
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San Francisco, CA
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125 reviews 125 reviews
29 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
8 helpful votes 8 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
26 helpful votes 26 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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mexico
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4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

What a feeling! First you need to go by a lancha for 40 mins....Then you hear the monkeys the sound like dinosaurs !!!! Great ruins, well maintained and thoroughly worth the visit. The only thing missing when you get back to mainland is. descent restaurant. So if you have kids you may want to carry something for them.

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England
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

If you are staying in Palenque, this is a long day trip. It is usually combined with Bonampak, but as we had visited the replica in the Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City, we decided to have an extra hour in bed. There was about a three hour road trip to get to the River Usumacinta, but enlivened by a very... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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15 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

first - I must admit that I am fascinated by the Maya, and have been to many of the Mayan historical sites. Three of us made a day-long trip to see Bonampak and Yaxchilan with Maya Tours in February 2014 - our wives chose to spend the day at the pool - which was the right choice for all concerned.... More

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Mexico City, Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

We enjoyed the off the beaten path quality of Yaxchilan. The boat ride to the ruins was fun and on the weekday we visited, the park was largely empty. It's possible to pretend you are discovering the ruins for the first time. We were followed up the entrance path by two curious monkeys and really found the place great.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Yaxchilan is truly an interesting place. To get there, we had to take a small narrow boat along the waters of the Usumacinta River bordering Guatemala. We spotted some spider monkeys and American crocodiles on the banks of the river along the way! All the uncovered temples and pyramids were open to the public which was great. Bring comfortable, walking... More

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