- 13 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
Visit Bonampak with its fascinating murals and high quality ancient Mayan frescoes as the main attractions. The pyramids are surrounded by the colors and sounds of the Jungle of Chiapas called also the Lacandon Forest. Yaxchilán is an splendid setting of an evergreen forest blanketing a magnificent archaeological site famous for its statuary art, stelae and lintels. The Maya took to building the terrain of a peninsula surrounded by a meandering river. This is a shared service.
- Hotel pickup included
- Small-group tour by minibus
- All entrance fees included
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Local guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
- Local Breakfast
- Entry/Admission - Yaxchilan
Centrally located Palenque hotels
Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.
Returns to original departure point
You will be picked up from your Palenque hotel in the early morning and travel to the archaeological eating breakfast along the way to the site of Yaxchilán. Absorbed and hidden in the Lacandon Forest, this site has a terrific setting above a horseshoe loop in the Río Usumacinta. The control this location gave it over river commerce, and a series of successful alliances and conquests, made Yaxchilán one of the most important classic Mayan cities in the Usumacinta region. Archaeologically, Yaxchilán is famed for its ornamented facades and roof combs, and its impressive stone lintels carved with conquest and ceremonial scenes. A flashlight is helpful for exploring some parts of the site. After the exploration is done, you will break for lunch (included).
Next, you will see Bonampak, which gives you a striking view of the social organization and daily lives of the Mayan people. Embedded in the Lacandon Jungle, the ruins lay with their painted walls in the Mayan language. They stand out from surrounding temple complexes because of the famous Temple of Murals. The murals lining the walls of this temple depict with astonishing realism and vivid colors of the actions of a battle. These murals are considered some of the most impressive of pre-Hispanic Mexico's many treasures. Spanning over four thousand hectares, to date, this ancient city has only been explored in two buildings: the Great Plaza and the Acropolis, which together make up a rectangular space of 110m (360ft) in length and 87m (285ft) in width. When you are done exploring, you will return to Palenque, and end the tour with a drop-off to your hotel.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
- A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
- A maximum of 15 people per booking
- This tour is a shared experience
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
The trip was very well organized and we enjoyed ourselves very much. It is a very good way to get to these two places, because even with modern transportation and roads, they are still remote. You could do this trip on your own, but it would take far more time and you just don’t have that to waste on a day like this. It was very nice to have stops for breakfast and lunch and a break on the way back, so that the day did not feel rushed at all. Our driver and guide were experienced and they worked together well. We did have a 30 minute delay in our pick-up time in the morning, but we still were able to see everything and have a very enjoyable day. I would recommend this trip to those who have a real strong interest in Maya culture. Just know: there is some intermediate strenuous climbing of stairs if you are up for it. Otherwise, you can go around most of that as well. The boat trip to Yixchalan was very pleasant as well: we even saw a gigantice crocodile sunning on the river bank! Be prepared for rain, sun, musquitos, and bring water. I have taken day trips with Viator before and I have enjoyed them!