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“Yaxchilan, where aluxes live”
Review of Yaxchilan

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Full-Day Tour of Bonampak and Yaxchilán with Lunch
Ranked #3 of 142 things to do in Chiapas
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Mexico City, Mexico
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“Yaxchilan, where aluxes live”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

This is the third time I have tried to make a review of the ruins of Yaxchilan. May be aluxes did not allow that my reviews were uploaded, may be aluxes were interested in what I wrote and censored my contribution. May be the point is that when we first arrvied to Yaxchilan, Carlos, our guide, started to tell us about aluxes. He said they are small and mischievous creatures that appear when it starts to get dark. They will look like your brother or they may talk like anyone of your relatives, but they, Carlos said, are only aluxes creating confusion.
Yaxchilan, with or without aluxes, is a place that deserves to be visited. There are its stelas, there is its magnificent building that shows to foreigners its beatiful and ellaborated crests (crestería) while it waits for some wind to make them alive. There is also, as Carlos said, an stucco figure of 2 aluxes next to a ballgame player waiting that you take notice of them while nearby you hear a howling monkey. He may be trying to tell you that aluxes exist because he has seen them como out from a stucco figure and walk happily around Yaxchilan until the sun appears once again. At this moment they look at each other and walk back again to their stucco figure, to what is an eternal home for them.

Visited March 2013
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“A jewel in the jungle”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

The ruins are beautiful and their history, as well explained by the local guides, is fascinating but what makes the whole visit unique is to reach the site by boat and to pass through the jungle to discover temples and palaces. The screaming monkeys are great!

Visited July 2013
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“Interesting architecture”
Reviewed July 27, 2013

You can reach Yaxchilan only by boat. It is a 4o minute ride down Usumacinta River.Here jungle overpowers the buildings. If you want to go up the small Acropolis you have to climb on tree roots.It is fun for a person who is fit.In this site the architectural structure is different than other places.The tour of the place is quite pleasant and if you don't climb anywhere is very easy.

Visited May 2013
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“Pearl of the jungle!”
Reviewed July 20, 2013 via mobile

Interesting place. Not over commercial ized. Splendid castle. I saw a tukan and a taratulla. Its a pitty that only Spanish guides are present. The boattrip to the site ia an attraction an-sich. Use a anti-mosquito spray ;-) and thank Chaack the raingod for the refreshing fluid. You're in The Jungla.

Visited July 2013
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“Great trip thanks to the Howler Monkeys!”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

This was one of the 4 places we went on the trip, and the best ruins we saw. MAKE SURE YOU GO TO THE RIGHT AND UP THE HILL WHEN YOU FIRST GET THERE. Don't go into the main plaza first, go up to the Pequeña Acropolis first. In this way you won't have to walk UP the main pyramid steps. There are some steps to walk up going this way, but nothing like that main stairs. You'll have the whole place to yourself if you do this part first. Then when you get to the main plaza, you'll have that to yourself as well (depending on how many people arrive at the same time). You have to get a guide BEFORE you get onto the Panga boat to that takes you to the ruin; it was $60 pesos for us, his name was Joel, and was just great!. We saw and heard many Howler Monkeys, which really make the trip that much more special--they sound Primordial, like dinosaurs. We saw Spider Monkeys, bats, scorpions, toucans, woodpeckers, and other types of birds, and a mini-Capobera-looking animal who was super skiddish, but really cute. Highlight of the trip to Chiapas.

Visited May 2013
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