The Mayan city state of Bonampak is usually visited in conjunction with that of Yaxchilan, both a distance from Palenque where most travellers stay but close to one another. It is a small site compared to those of Yaxchilan and Palenque but interesting none the less.
Bonampak is most famous for the three rooms in the main temple in which the walls and ceilings are covered amazingly well preserved paintings. Each room has a different historical theme so it is a good idea to read up about them first or be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide to provide the explanations.
Aside from the ruins and paintings, I was surprised to find an old grass landing strip near the entrance to the site. In the 1950s and 60s, before a road was constructed through the jungle to allow Bonampak to be easily reached, the only access to the site was by hiring a small private aircraft which would land on this narrow runway carved out the forest.
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