Bonampak And Yaxchilán From Palenque

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 13 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    05:30 AM Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.
  • Departure Details :
    Palenque, Palenque, Southern Mexico
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up in any hotel located in Palenque downtown
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


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. Yaxchiln is ansplendid 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

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You will be picked up from your Palenquehotel in the early morning and travel to the archaeological eating breakfast along the way to the site of Yaxchiln. Absorbed and hidden in the Lacandon Forest, this site has a terrific setting above a horseshoe loop in the Ro Usumacinta. The control this location gave it over river commerce, and a series of successful alliances and conquests, made Yaxchiln one of the most important classic Mayan cities in the Usumacinta region. Archaeologically, Yaxchiln 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.


Local guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Local Breakfast


Entry/Admission - Zona Arqueologica de Yaxchilan

Entry/Admission - Zona Arqueologica de Bonampak



Additional Info

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

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Traveler Reviews

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  • 23-Oct-2022

    Lovely but lengthy tour. Food and bathroom stops were frequent and the food was good. I recommend it completely.

  • 10-Aug-2022

    The tour is a recommendation for everyone who wants to see Maya ruins that are not restored for the public. We had an amazing tour guide called Jesus. He told us a lot about Mayan culture, the murals and answered our questions. Some points that could be improved are: communication about the trip, pick-up times (we had to wait an extra 30 minutes) and our bus driver drove very-very fast.

  • 01-Aug-2022

    El lugar es algo increíble. La explicación del guía, el medio en el cual estuvimos y después ver las Pinturas de las 3 cámaras, es increíble.

  • 31-Jul-2022

    Fantastic experience, our guide was great. Well worth the money. We had a group of only 5 so he had a lot of time to share his knowledge with us and it made the tour worthwhile. Would recommend to anyone.

  • 03-Jul-2022

    In esperienza assolutamente indimenticabile. Un posto nascosto da tutto e da tutti con una storia incredibile. Chi va a Palenque deve visitare questo sito!

  • 02-May-2022

    This tour is an absolute must do. It was so much fun and educational. It was so cool to walk in the footsteps of ancient civilizations. Hector the Director, our guide, was super cool and led a super great tour. It was such an enjoyable experience. Remember to watch out for ant hills though! You may just spring a booby trap!

  • 25-Apr-2022

    Don’t let the price scare you; it’s worth it. These two sites are a must see. The boat ride down the River and back is a blast. The food was excellent and the guide did a super job. Long day, 14 hours, but very worthwhile.

  • 13-Apr-2022

    The trip is interesting but it's a long day, all together it was 15h so if you don't have that much time it's better to choose a trip to Palenque ruins, which are also bigger and more interesting. Yaxchilan was interesting and the boat trip was a nice bonus, Bonampak is basically just about the three murals so unless you are a super enthusiast of the Mayan culture you can easily skip it and just focus on the Palenque ruins. The trip was very well organized with a local breakfast and pre ordered lunch (don't expect very sophisticated cuisine or you'll be disappointed, it's dimensioned to quickly serve a lot of tourists so the quality is good but nothing fancy, still very well organized). The bus drivers are very well coordinated and organized when it comes to tourists coming from one destination and then going to another, change of minivans is not a problem and you are well taken care of. The english guide was a bit too general and didn't go into details in Yaxchilan, he was much better in Bonampak when I told him to do the tour completely in Spanish.

  • 09-Apr-2022

    A great day trip to what feels like some of the most hidden pre-Hispanic cities in the jungle. Yaxchilan is particularly wonderful! Get ready for a really intense day (14-hours from pick-up to drop-off). One improvement point: the van was full (12 customers) and I was sat at the very back, shoulder-to-shoulder with three other people and with very little space for legs. The four of us would really have welcome more space, especially for such long journeys there and back.

  • 03-Apr-2022

    The two sites visited were impressive. Guide very knowledgeable. However a 15 hour day was just too long for these two people in their 70s. The climate is so oppressive that the discomfort of the heat and humidity usurped the general experience. Try in somewhat cooler months. Not early April. Boat trip and lunch great. But Viator charges too much. Others on the trip paid much less than we did for the same experience.

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