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Top Archaeological Sites in Chiapas

By Viator, June 2018

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Once a powerful seat of Mayan civilization, the jungles and lakelands of modern-day Chiapas harbor a wealth of impressive Mayan ruins, some so remote that they weren’t discovered until the 1940s and others renowned for their unique mix of Mexican and Guatemalan architectural styles. The most important archaeological site in Chiapas is Palenque, a 15-square kilometer site dating back to between 300 and 900 AD and dramatically situated in the Tumbalá mountains, encircled by rainforest. A UNESCO World Heritage site and National Park, Palenque’s highlights are its exquisitely preserved temples and pyramid tombs, most notably the Temples of the Crosses and the Temple of the Inscriptions, which includes the grand burial chamber of King Pakal.

In the south of the state, close to the Guatemalan border, the Mayan sites of Bonampak and Yaxchilán lie in equally organic surroundings, with rainforest trails weaving between the ruins and howler monkeys swinging overhead. Often visited together on a day tour, each site has its own distinctive appeal. Yaxchilán, perched on the banks of the Usumacinta River, is reachable only by boat and is known for its ornamental roof combs and elaborate stuccos, whereas the smaller site of Bonampak is famous for its colorful murals.

A number of smaller Mayan sites also abound in the Chiapas region and are best explored with the help of a local guide. The partially excavated site of Toniná is a series of terraced residences found on route to Palenque; the hilltop city of Tenam Puente and the burial mounds of Lagartero both make easy side trips from Comitán; and additional ruins can be found at Comalcalco, Lacanja and Izapa.

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Lacandona Jungle, Yaxchilan and Bonampak Day Trip from Palenque, Palenque, null
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Lacandona Jungle, Yaxchilan and Bonampak Day Trip from Palenque

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Enjoy nature in the Lacandona Jungle and explore the ruins of Bonampak and Yaxchilan. This is an experience in middle of the jungle that you will not forget. ...  Read more

Location: Palenque, Mexico
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $91.00
Agua Azul, Misol Hà Waterfalls and Palenque Ruins Tour, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Day Trips
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Agua Azul, Misol Hà Waterfalls and Palenque Ruins Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

This all-day trip from San Cristóbal de las Casas combines three of the most visited sites in Chiapas, a beautiful land of mountainous jungle filled with ...  Read more

Location: San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico
Duration: 19 hours (approx.)

From USD $37.50
Palenque Archaelogical Site, Agua Azul and Misolha Waterfalls Combo Tour, San Cristóbal de las ... 
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Palenque Archaelogical Site, Agua Azul and Misolha Waterfalls Combo Tour

Have an unforgettable experience that will captivate your senses as you visit great attractions that will leave you stunned. See the turquoise waterfalls of ...  Read more

Location: San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico
Duration: 18 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.00
Palenque Mayan Ruins, Misol-Ha and Agua Azul Waterfalls Full Day Tour from Palenque, Palenque, Day ... 
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Palenque Mayan Ruins, Misol-Ha and Agua Azul Waterfalls Full Day Tour from Palenque

4.5 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Discover ancient Mayan ruins and turquoise waterfalls on this full day tour from Palenque. Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is believed to be an ancient ...  Read more

Location: Palenque, Mexico
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $94.99
Palenque Archaeological Site Small-Group Tour from Villahermosa, Palenque, Day Trips
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Palenque Archaeological Site Small-Group Tour from Villahermosa

Visit the incredible archaeological site of Palenque. The tour includes a visit to the temple of the inscriptions, the palace, the foliated cross temple and ...  Read more

Location: Villahermosa, Mexico
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00
Palenque and Jungle Waterfalls from Tuxtla Gutierrez, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Archaeology Tours
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Palenque and Jungle Waterfalls from Tuxtla Gutierrez

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Enjoy a wonderful combo tour as you visit magical places filled with beauty. You'll see the turquoise waterfalls of Agua Azul and Misol-Há plus the ...  Read more

Location: Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico
Duration: 17 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.00
Chamula and Zinacantan Indigenous Villages Tour, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Day Trips
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Chamula and Zinacantan Indigenous Villages Tour

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Enjoy a wonderful tour as you visit two indigenous villages near San Cristobal de las Casas. Meet a family in Zinacantan and watch Mayan rituals inside a ...  Read more

Location: San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $18.75
Palenque Combo Tour: Bonampak Archaeological Site and Lacanjá River Rafting, Palenque, Cultural ... 
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Palenque Combo Tour: Bonampak Archaeological Site and Lacanjá River Rafting

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Get to know both the natural and cultural sides of the Lacandon Jungle on this full-day excursion from Palenque. Spend the day enjoying the diverse offerings ...  Read more

Location: Palenque, Mexico
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $169.99
Maya Cultural Tour from Tuxtla Gutiérrez: Chamula, Zinacantan, San Cristobal, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, ... 
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Maya Cultural Tour from Tuxtla Gutiérrez: Chamula, Zinacantan, San Cristobal

3 star rating: Worth doing 1 Review

Be amazed at the traditions and culture when you visit two local indigenous communities: San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. You'll interact with the people and ...  Read more

Location: Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $38.00
Indigenous Villages Cultural Tour: Chamula and Zinacantan from San Cristóbal de las Casas, San ... 
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Indigenous Villages Cultural Tour: Chamula and Zinacantan from San Cristóbal de las Casas

See the color and traditions as you visit the local indigenous communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan where you will have plenty of time to wander ...  Read more

Location: San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $25.00

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