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“Remote jungle ruins accessible only by river boat.”
Review of Yaxchilan

Yaxchilan
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Small-Group Full-Day Tour of Bonampak and Yaxchilán from Palenque
Ranked #3 of 149 things to do in Chiapas
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed February 11, 2012

This Mayan site is extraordinary, hidden away in the jungle, you get there by a 30-minute boat ride down the Usumacinto River, alligators sunning on the banks. Not much restoration here. You feel as if you were the one to have discovered it. Loved this site. Wish there had been more time to explore the higher structures. Go on your own, if you can without a tour, to stay longer.

4  Thank Oaxacaculture
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Reviewed January 30, 2012

just a little places have the bigest of this wonderfull park of Yaxchilan, you will remember this place for all it history, culture, and monuments can offer. I like to remember this place like the best natural area of latino america, for ever I will remember this experience in the wonderfull Mexico.

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Reviewed January 28, 2012

Facinating boat ride to the shore in front of Yaxchilan and a short walk up to the tour gathering place. This is much more expansive then the guide wanted to show us so we took it upon ourselves to do a little extra looking up a path that took us to additional ruins with a fantisic view looking out over the jungle.

3  Thank Buck_Soul
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Reviewed January 19, 2012

We did this full day tour with Kim's Tours in Palenque Office nr Best Western Hotel. Definitely best tour operator, owner runs the trips and is well respected by all contacts. The trip is inclusive of breakfast, lunch and 45 min each way riverboat trip to Yaxchilan (only way to get there) and all entrance fees. Ruins are very impressive and so far off the beaten track. (13 hr day trip for 30gbp = vfm)

4  Thank Richlar
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Reviewed January 17, 2012

Yaxchilan was a powerful late classic Mayan city located by the Rio Usumacinta, which provides a natural boarder between Mexico and Guatemala. At present, the only way to reach the site is from Frontera Corozal by lancha, which takes about 45 minutes along the Usumacinta. The trip by lancha was great fun and with any luck, one can spot crocodiles on the riverbank while passing by.

Yaxchilan is everything one could hope for, a splendid site in an isolated location in a tropical forest teeming with birds and the loud, deep guttural growls or howls of the Howler monkeys, which can be heard for miles around. Few travelers come here, it seems, and it is the most wonderful feeling to imagine being alone, exploring this splendid and solitary site.

Yaxchilan is famous for its carved stone lintels, stucco roof combs and of course the famous temple 33 which you have to climb up to see. In comparison to a site such as Copan, very little reconstruction has been done here and I secretly hope that it stays that way. The three main areas consist of about 120 structures grouped into the Great Plaza by the river, the Grand Acropolis and the Small Acropolis. Palaces and temples are located around a large plaza and it is well worth climbing up to the higher terraces to overlook the jungle beyond. The many wonderful stone carvings have a depth and detail that one seldom sees.

It was an unforgettable experience to see Yaxchilan and it will remain one of my favorite archaeological sites. Unfortunately, two of the most famous Yaxchilan stone lintels are on display at the British Museum in London, instead of in Mexico. One depicts a blood sacrifice, showing a woman pulling a cord with thorns through her tongue. I for one would find it more satisfying to see the famous carvings displayed in the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, than in their current location the British Museum.

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