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Palenque, Mexico
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Bonampak and Yaxchilán from Palenque

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Visit the ruins of Yaxchilan and Bonampak on this small-group full-day tour from Palenque. Start early and have breakfast en route to the Yaxchilan Archaeological Site, which is located deep in the Lacandon Jungle, and can only be reached by boat on the Usumacinta River. Upon arrival, your guide shows you around the extensive Mayan ruins. Then stop for lunch before continuing to Bonampak, a smaller site with vibrant Mayan murals that date to 800 AD. Your tour includes guide, air-conditioned minivan, breakfast and lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Small-group full-day tour of Bonampak and Yaxchilán, from Palenque
  • Look for monkeys and other wildlife in the Lacandon jungle
  • Learn about life for the ancient Mayans while walking around the ruins at Yaxchilan
  • See well-preserved murals and frescoes at Bonampak
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 people provides a more personalized experience
  • Includes guide, breakfast and lunch, entrance fees, transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off
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Palenque , Palenque, Palenque, Southern Mexico

We pick up in any hotel located in Palenque downtown

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5:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.We pick up in any hotel located in Palenque downtown
  • 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
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You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Bonampak and Yaxchilán from Palenque?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Bonampak and Yaxchilán from Palenque?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Bonampak and Yaxchilán from Palenque?
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  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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  • "It is a very good way to get to these two places, because even with modern transportation and roads, they are still remote." See review
  • "All in all well worth the cost for this tour!" See review

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star-4
Must see!
Mike_J
, 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.
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star-5
Fantastic experience, our...
Sara_C
, 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.
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star-5
Mayan Adventure
Eric_C
, 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!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello Eric_C! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! I´m really happy you enjoyed your tour, I will send your comments to Hector! Hope to see you back soon! Muchas gracias!
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star-5
The kind of tour you dream about
Tim_B
, 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.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Tim_B Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! I´m really happy you enjoyed your tour. Hope to see you soon! Muchas gracias!
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star-4
The trip is interesting...
Agnes_B
, 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.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Agnes, Thank you so much for taking the time to share all your experience with us! I´m really happy you enjoyed your tour. Hope to see you soon! Muchas gracias!
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star-4
A long time spent on the road but absolutely worth it!
Cecile_M
, 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.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hello Cecile, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us! I apologized for the lack of space in the van I will send this comment to improve our service,. I'm very happy you had a great time! Thank you so much and hope to see you back soon!
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star-3
Try in a cooler month with a different tour broker
Joseph_H
, 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.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Joseph, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us, I'm sorry you didn't have the most incredible experience, unfortunately, it is a long tour but I hope the places visited were worth it. Hope to see you soon.
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star-5
WAY better than Palenque!!
John_L
, Mar 2020
We couldn't understand, after seeing these amazing sites, why folks don't know about them. They are fantastic! Bonampak has brightly colored frescoes that, while damaged, are still beautiful. Yaxchilan has amazing intact carvings. Both involved some climbing, and in order to get to Yaxchilan you have to take a motorized canoe upriver. That was fantastic! Our guide was terrific, and they fed us both breakfast and lunch in local restaurants. It's a long day but was spectacular. We went on a whim but are so glad we did!
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star-5
Don’t miss Bonampak!
Michael_R
, Feb 2020
This was a long day but a tremendous experience and adventure. Our guide Hector was amazing in his knowledge of the sites as well as Mayan history in general. His English was exceptional. We learned about Mexican culture current and recent and historically. Highly recommend!
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star-5
Wonderful tour of Bonampak and Yaxchilan!
Andre_Nacov
, Aug 2019
The tour of Yaxchilan and Bonampak was an early start, being the first 2 of 8 to be picked up. Hector was our tour guide and driver and also served those duties the day before to Palenque and Misol-Ha and Aqua Azul. Hector was very friendly and knowledgable and made both days fun. We started heading for Yaxchilan first and stopped for a good breakfast after about an hour and a half and made it to Frontera Corazal easily and got on the powered canoe for the 28km ride to Yaxchilan on the Usumacinta River. We heard and saw howler monkeys and a crocodile basking on the riverbank. The site was large and interesting. After exploring for 1 1/2 hours, we took the canoe back for lunch. Then off to Bonampak which was a much smaller site but with beautiful paintings and hieroglyphs. After a brief downpour, we headed back on interesting (and at times exciting) 3 hr ride to Palenque. All in all well worth the cost for this tour!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Andre_Nacov Thank you very much for your comments, we are happy you enjoyed both tours. we will be happy to see you on your next visit to Mexico! Have a great day!
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star-4
Wonderful day!
reisgenoten
, Nov 2018
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!
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star-5
Un sito archeologico unico al mondo
Riccardo_D
, 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!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Riccardo I'm very happy you enjoyed your tour day :D Hope to see you again soon!
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