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Lacandona Jungle, Yaxchilan and Bonampak Day Trip from Palenque

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    You will be picked up early in the morning from your hotel in Palenque and drive 2 hours with direction to the Bonampak Ruins. On the way, you'll stop to have a breakfast buffet and then continue with the visit the ruins. Located in the Lacandona Jungle, Bonampak – “painted walls" in the Mayan language – stands out from surrounding temple complexes because of its famous Temple of Murals. Explore this amazing archaeological site and see the famous ancient frescoes wall painting by the Mayan people. The frescoes, now partially restored by an expert team, have been dated to the year 790 AD. 
    The adventure continues on for a 30-minute drive to Frontera Corozal to board a boat for 1 hour to get to Yaxchilan Archaeological Site buried deep in the Lacandon Jungle.This magic place is at the banks of the Usumacinta River, just in the borderline between Mexico and Guatemala. Yaxchilan is  a very large prehispanic site with dozens of structures and monuments.You will only be able to access a small number of buildings such as the Great Acropolis, the Small Acropolis and the Great Plaza. This sacred city that had its apogee during the classical period, at the end of 600 BC documents an important battle against Palenque around 654 AD. Here you will have a few hours to discover this secluded site with plenty of time to take photos and relax listening to the sounds of nature. 
    Return to your boat for 1-hour return journey down the Usumacinta river. Arrive at the traditional town of Frontera Corozal and sit down to a flavorsome lunch of regional favorites; typical menus include beef, chicken or fish accompanied by delicious Mexican sides. Relax during the 2.5-hour return journey to your Palenque hotel, where the tour concludes.
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    Reviewed April 24, 2019

    This tour includes a lot and, as you'd expect, means it's a long day. Very early morning pick up times from Palenque, swapping buses part way through which meant my wife was stuck at the front of the bus for the first few hours while...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank Greg C
    Reviewed January 24, 2019

    Its several hours drive from Palenque to this site and then must leave vehicle to then go with the Lacondonia people who oversees this area. The paintings are wonderful but its a rough drive in places, 3 seperate fees apply, and the people care taking...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank tornillo2015
    Reviewed May 25, 2018

    Yaxchetmal is everything I imagined, a short river trip, ruins in the sense jungle. Bonampec was a big surprise. The frescos are magnificent.

    Date of experience: May 2018
    Thank amblinon
    Reviewed January 2, 2018 via mobile

    We were allocated to a bus with different tourists from other tours providers, all together. We first dropped off a German couple who had been mistakenly picked up at 6am instead of 9am and subsequently were on the wrong tour (probably to maximize costs). This...More

    4  Thank roblaiacona
    Reviewed December 29, 2017

    Our tour was all in all not a good experience. The pickup was not very friendly and we were not informed how the day would pass. The drivers were reckless and the drives were dangerous at least to international standards. The guide in Bonampakmwas treating...More

    Date of experience: December 2017
    2  Thank Jochen v
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    Response from tornillo2015 | Reviewed this property |
    If you have the entire day I would definitely do both Bonampak and Yax. Bonampak is very unique with its pristine paintings. There are numerous companies in the town of Palenque that you could arrange a complete tour with... More
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