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Yaxchilan

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Address: Mexico
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+52 916 348 9208
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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$136.00*
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Full-Day Tour of Bonampak and Yaxchilán with Lunch
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$91.00*
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Lacandona Jungle, Yaxchilan and Bonampak Day Trip from Palenque

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a remote site in the "jungle"

This is a rather difficult site to get to, but well worth the effort. It will require a one hour boat ride on the Usumacints River (the border between Mexico and Guatemala. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Weaverville, North Carolina
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Weaverville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a rather difficult site to get to, but well worth the effort. It will require a one hour boat ride on the Usumacints River (the border between Mexico and Guatemala. The site is large with extremely interesting architecture. One of the main points is the Labyrinth in the living quarters of the ruling class. Bring a flash light... More 

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Claremont, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Only way to go is by boat, suddenly it opens up and it's magical. The Labyrinth is creepy and fantastic (we saw bats and a little snake), the other ruins are remarkable. Yaxchilan and Piedras Negras were rivals for the Usumacinta River trade route, and they weren't playing! Both amazing sites, but Piedras Negras is so dark and mysterious, and... More 

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Jurupa Valley, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked a tour through Viator in September from Palenque. We were the only ones on the tour. We got stopped at a checkpoint by Zapatistas (wearing black baclavas) looking for scab teachers (first day of school and there was a teacher strike going on). After we we convinced the Zapatistas that we were just dumb tourists from Los Angeles,... More 

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Tamborine Mountain, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Best ruins we visited in Mexico, this was part of a private tour and our guide had us up before daybreak. The only way into this place is by boat and what a fantastic trip that is. Being so early we were the only people at the site. When we got of the boat it was a short walk through... More 

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Port Antonio, Jamaica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the boat ride is great. we saw two alligators resting on shore and lots of turbiulant deep water boiling slowly. the arrival and walk to the ruins at 8am had great light. the tunnel entrance to the ruins is almost scary. walking into the place all alone was mystical and exootic. there is alot to see. 2 hours barely enough.... More 

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St Helens, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I would call this site a must visit if possible. Its a hard slog to do this on public transport and will take an early start and a full day to visit here and Bonampak. A guided tour will also require an early start and a long day and will cost a lot of money but if you do it... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017

The fact that you have to take a boat to reach this site makes this trip very different. There is a very interesting entrance with a nice setting along the river, with an captivating walk in the jungle to other buildings, especially the small acropolis, which is well worth the climb. There are spider and howler monkeys and if you... More 

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Seattle
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017

We had a great time at Yaxchilan. It has a different feel than other sites because it still has lots of greenery and not all of the site is completely excavated. Plus just to get in you have to walk through a dark structure full of bats. The boat ride there is also fun part of the trip. Definitely go... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

You have to take a boat (or a plane/helicopter) to get here. It is a tough climb since everything is uphill... The INAH (The Mexican National Institution of History and Anthropology) does not charge a fee to come here- the fee is charged by an independent group from the Frontera Corazal community, therefore it is not as well kept as... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2016 via mobile

Like ruins? Or fed up of the same old type of ruins? Well Yaxchilan suits both categories. these have the twist of being in the middle of the jungle where you can only reach the site by a 45 minute boat trip up the jungle river that divides Mexico with Guatemala. Once there, the site is wonderfully natural with great... More 

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