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“entrance fees are ridiculous” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Mayan Ruins of Bonampak

Mayan Ruins of Bonampak
Frontera Corozal, Mexico
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Ranked #20 of 69 Attractions in Chiapas
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Mexico City, Mexico
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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“entrance fees are ridiculous”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

I totally support the fees that locals charge to visitors to allow entrance to their villages and their magnificent attractions, when they are "reasonable". Nonetheless transportation fees of $75 are extorted to visitors for a 10 km ride in a crammed van, in addition to the $35 fee to entry the village and $45 official fee to visit the ruins. You may not use your own vehicle to approach the ruins arguing congestion at the site (fine with me), but if you opt to walk, they get mad and demand the $75 payment anyways. This is abusive and travelers must decide if they want to include bonampak in their plans.

Visited December 2013
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Ajijic, Mexico
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“ENJOY GENTLE LACANJA MAYANS IN THEIR OWN SURROUNDINGS”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Bonampak is only 2 hours from Palenque, not 11 as a fellow traveler stated. It is a good idea to have lunch at Lacanja, one of the few 100% pure blooded Maya settlements. Write in advance, and do not expect these gentle spirits, recently turned into hoteliers, to answer immediately. yatochbarum_@hotmail.com and vicente_kin@hotmail.es

Visited January 2013
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Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
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“Fantastic Murals, but fading”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

The court Maya murals at Bonampak are virtually unequaled in the Maya world. My wife and I visited in the late 1980's. As a depiction of the life of a Maya royal court, they are beautiful, very detailed and give one a real sense of some of how the royals, nobles, their retainers, servants and captives lived (and died). They are stunningly beautiful. The one major downside, which makes me ambivalent about returning, is that year by year, sadly, the murals are fading. There is an amazing documentation project going on at Yale, and many books have been written and photographs taken of these wonderful murals. The dilemma is, with each year, and more visitors and exposure to air, light and moisture, these masterpieces of world art, grow dimmer. Sorry to be a downer on this, but there are many other places to visit, with carvings and stelae that depict similar scenes, where the risks are not so immediately apparent. Yaxchilan, often included in tours to Bonampak, has some of the most beautiful and detailed carvings in the Maya world. Without the same apparent pace (to the untrained, novice eye) of loss of a world class wonder of art.

Visited November 2012
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Duluth, Georgia
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“Cool Murals”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

The rare full color murals make it worth the trip..
The ruins are beautiful and the grounds are well kept..

Visited September 2013
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Athens, Greece
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“Excellent murals”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

If you are really interested in, you should visit also the sites of Bonampak and Yaxchilan in Chiapas. I'm not quite sure that a lot of groups plan to go there because there is no time but they are worthwhile.In Bonampak in the present time one can visit the main plaza and the building with the murals which are a lttle bit fainted so flash is prohibited. The building consists of 3 narrow rooms so you can see them one at a time so if you are in a group it takes a lot of time.ny way if you are interested in don't miss them.

Visited May 2013
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