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“Yaxchilan was really cool.”
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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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7 reviews
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“Yaxchilan was really cool.”
Reviewed 28 February 2014

We enjoyed the off the beaten path quality of Yaxchilan. The boat ride to the ruins was fun and on the weekday we visited, the park was largely empty. It's possible to pretend you are discovering the ruins for the first time. We were followed up the entrance path by two curious monkeys and really found the place great.

Visited February 2014
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“A Mayan Treasure near the banks of the Usumacinta River!”
Reviewed 10 February 2014

Yaxchilan is truly an interesting place. To get there, we had to take a small narrow boat along the waters of the Usumacinta River bordering Guatemala. We spotted some spider monkeys and American crocodiles on the banks of the river along the way! All the uncovered temples and pyramids were open to the public which was great. Bring comfortable, walking or hiking shoes and be careful with the roots of the trees sticking out that could make you trip if you don’t pay attention. The steps to the temples can be very steep and expect to climb up a lot. You’ll get a good workout! The howling of the spider monkeys and the rare animals one gets to spot once in a while just add to the overall atmosphere of this mystical place and make it very fascinating. Highly recommended. Don't forget to bring water and some snacks! They sell water at the entrance in case you forget to bring your own.

Visited January 2014
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Cleveland, Ohio
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

These ruins are REALLY in the jungle. We took a day tour from Palanque, stopping at Yaxchilan and then Bonampak. We took a boat ride to get to the ruins, and saw monkeys and other wildlife on the way there. The ruins are absolutely incredible. They are not as well-preserved as the Palenque ruins, but the lush jungle setting with wildlife make these ruins very special and picturesque. The day trip is more expensive than most other tours, and leaving at 6 a.m. for a day trip was really tough, but it was all worth it! Bring bug spray and drinking water with you!

Visited October 2013
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Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
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“Exquisite (and Remote) Maya Ruins and Carvings”
Reviewed 4 October 2013

The ruins at Yaxchilan are truly amazing. Having visited the sites of ancient Maya cities in southern Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Belize, those at Yaxchilan are by far my favorites. It is not the size of the ruins (like Tikal- the New York City of the ancient Maya world) or the grace of the architecture (like Palenque- essentially the "Paris" of the ancient Maya) or the complexity of the inscriptions and stelae (as at Copan), but the truly stunning carvings of members of the royal family engaging in ritual activities that is breathtaking. The fine carving and beautiful detail, is amazing. I'm lost for words attempting to describe the artistic beauty of the sculptors' work.

Visited November 2012
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Duluth, Georgia
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“(Almost) Indiana Jones Adventure”
Reviewed 21 September 2013

A great jungle adventure !!!
The boat trip down river to the ruins was a cool experience, The ruins in the jungle were beautiful, and the sound of monkeys deep in the jungle, and the seeing the monkeys up close makes the long trip to get here more than worth it.

Visited September 2013
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