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Yaxchilan

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Address: Mexico
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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US$ 136.00*
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Full-Day Tour of Bonampak and Yaxchilán with Lunch
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Lacandona Jungle, Yaxchilan and Bonampak Day Trip from Palenque

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If you have the opportunity, do a little research on the ruins. All placards have information in English but no brochures available. For best photo opportunity - arrive at park... read more

Reviewed 28 February 2015
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46 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 19 March 2015

Amazing ruins. A 40 min boat ride. We brought some empanadas from the lady at the dock and some sodas too. Really beautifully kept. Saw monkeys up in the trees. I didn't feel unsafe at all. If you don't speak Spanish it might be a little tough.

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Kelowna, Canada
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Reviewed 28 February 2015

If you have the opportunity, do a little research on the ruins. All placards have information in English but no brochures available. For best photo opportunity - arrive at park at opening. (Sundays - park admission is free for nationals)

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1 Thank mslouwho
San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
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139 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2015

An astounding aspect is the forty-minute boat trip along the broad Usumacinta River to get there. Look for the spider and howler monkeys in the ruins's jungle setting. You will certainly hear the latter, who sound something like airbrakes being applied. Take enough time to really study the beautifully carved lintels in mint condition. Enjoy the jungle and watch out... More 

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Minnesota
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127 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2015

We went to Yaxchilan from Frontera Corozal, Mexico. From there, it's a 50 - 60 minute boat ride down river (and 90 minutes coming back against the current). Just the ride is worth the visit, as you are traveling thru the jungle down the Usumacinta River (which is the border between Mexico and Guatemala). We saw crocodiles, spider & howler... More 

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3 Thank Phil1ip
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2015 via mobile

Yaxchilan are the most impressive Mayan ruins we have visited. Very few tourist go there because it takes 3hrs one way plus a boat ride of 45 minutes from Palenque. However, the whole day trip is worth it. The arrival by boat is already very special but when you then see the temples in the middle of the jungle without... More 

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Darwin, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2015

It was a long day (13 hours), but the ride out to the river and the ride down the river were both interesting. Saw crocodiles and howler monkeys on the way. The ruins are really interesting and there is some excellent artwork in situ. A different pelota game and court from the other sites. It was also a female regency... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2015

We had a blast there, We came with one of the last boats on a thursday afternoon, The whole area of Yaxchilan was empty, We didn't see any tourists and enjoyed our short trip to the fullest. Nature site is still intact all around which makes it so much more special than any other archeological site. Just be ware that... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2015 via mobile

If you're into Maya archaeology, this site is a must and is the best we've seen other than Tikal. Palenque is a tourist trap, this site is the ****!

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1 Thank moshewe
Mexico Cty.
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8 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 27 January 2015

You can only get there by boat navigating the Usumacinta river, or by plane, small planes land in a green grass track. We got there by boat, a wood narrow boat with a small palapa which will cover you from the intense sun, will take you in an adventure, crocodiles, monkeys, tucans, and all kind of enormous trees as you... More 

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Seattle, WA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2015

Yaxchilan was an important Classic-era Mayan city-state that for a few centuries (600-900 CE, moreor less) controlled the travel & commerce along the Usumacinta River where it borders Mexico & Guatemala. The ruins sit on a bench above an oxbow on the Mexican side of the river. See other reviews for details on the ruins & the high speed ride... More 

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