• Tour code: 5885YAXBON
  • Location: Palenque, Mexico
  • Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

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Uncover the mysteries of Chiapas’ most significant archeological sites on a day-trip of discovery from Palenque. Explore the ancient and alluring Mayan city of Yaxchilan before marveling at the picturesque and perfectly preserved murals of Bonampak. Sail through the atmospheric scenery of the Usumacinta River and relax during a scenic drive through the Lacandon Jungle. Breakfast, lunch and convenient round-trip transportation are all included in this tour. 


Highlights

  • Day trip from Palenque to two Mayan archeological sites
  • Admire Yaxchilan’s stone lintels and hieroglyphic inscriptions
  • Take a boat ride to and from Yaxchilan on the Usumacinta River
  • Examine the well-preserved Mayan murals at Bonampak
  • Enjoy a Mexican breakfast and lunch
  • Learn about Mayan culture and traditions from a knowledgeable guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

What You Can Expect

Chiapas Archeological Tour from Palenque: Yaxchilan and Bonampak by Land and Water

Admire the well-preserved frescos at Bonampak archeological site!

Depart from your Palenque hotel in a comfortable and air-conditioned minivan to begin your archeological adventure. Greet your informative and interesting guide and commence the drive through the lush vegetation of the Lacandon Jungle, one of North America’s largest rainforests and home to over 1,500 different species of tree. 

Listen as your guide directs your attention to the fascinating flora and fauna of the jungle; during the 3-hour drive, look out for diverse wildlife like crocodiles, tapirs, macaws, spider monkeys and jaguars. Break for a fulfilling buffet breakfast of Mexican specialties, and then board a boat to begin your cruise down the Usumacinta River to Yaxchilan, an archeological site only accessible by water.

On arrival, follow your guide on an immersive 2-hour tour of the ancient city; learn about Yaxchilan’s pivotal role in the Mayan world and decipher mystifying hieroglyphics on the facades of structures. Visit significant buildings like the Central Acropolis, the Labyrinth and the Main Plaza to discover the secrets of early civilization.

Return to your boat for the tranquil 1-hour return journey down the river. Arrive at the traditional town of Frontera Corozal and sit down to a flavorsome lunch of regional favorites; typical menus include beef, chicken and fish accompanied by delicious Mexican sides.  

After lunch, venture to the magnificent murals of Bonampak and continue your cultural enlightenment. Marvel at the color and impeccable preservation of the murals as your guide informs you of their depictions on a captivating 1-hour tour. 

Relax during the 2.5-hour return journey to your Palenque hotel, where the tour concludes. 

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