Things to do in Palenque

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Yaxchilan & Bonampak Ruins and Lacandon Jungle from Palenque

1. Yaxchilan & Bonampak Ruins and Lacandon Jungle from Palenque

Benefit from early morning pick-up at your hotel in Palenque, and drive to the ancient Mayan archaeological site of Bonampak, first seen by non-Mayans in 1946. Upon arrival, get 2 hours to explore the site and look at its famous murals. Enjoy a breakfast buffet on the road, and venture into the lush green rainforest of the Lacandon Jungle. Declared a natural monument on August 21, 1992, the forest extends over some 4,357 hectares and is still inhabited by the Lacandon Maya people. Encounter refreshing streams and marvel at the endemic flora and fauna of the dense countryside. Upon your departure from Bonampak, take a 30-minute drive towards the frontier town of Frontera Corozal. Then, take a 1-hour boat trip to the hidden ruins of Yaxchilan, also known as "The City of Green Stones.” Once one of the most powerful Maya states along the Usumacinta River, the site is known for its decorative walls and the ruins of “The Labyrinth,” a temple with rooms spread over 3 levels and linked by interior stairways.  Get 2 hours to explore the complex and unravel some of the mysteries of its palaces, temples and public plazas. Then, journey back to Palenque and get dropped off at your hotel at the end of the tour services.

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What people are saying about Palenque

We had so much fun on this trip! First we went rafting for 2 hours or so, then explored the jungle for a bit. It was just the rafting instructor, our guide (who could speak a hole bunch of languages btw) and us. We then returned to our starting point by car and were able to go for a swim at a beautiful waterfall and get some lunch. We had to wait a little bit for the ride back home and were back in Palenque at 8pm I think. But that was fine, since we just spent some time in the water and sun or in one of the hammocks there.

Fabulous trip, long day though - pick up at 5.30am and back at hotel at 8.30 pm - the breakfast and lunch are excellent, the transport a little cramped and short of leg room but excellent driver, the boat trip on the Uscaminta and ruins at Yaxchilan aRe just stunning and the visit to Bonampak was superb. The mini bus played DVD on the way back which helped pass the journey time and had a brilliant day with an excellent guide Elias, who spoke good English and was extremely knowledgeable.

Well organised trip, we were picked up in time, a nice guide and driver, and they were vegetarian options for breakfast and lunch. The day is long from Palenque but we thought it was definitely worth it! Only thing is that the « get your guide » app was saying we could not get picked up from our hotel as it was not in the pick up area, but we contacted the local travel agency directly by whatsapp and there was no problem- so do double check if the same happen to you!

Exceptional trip, totally recommended, it is long but very beautiful, the unforgettable jungle, the very well preserved ruins, the boat trip transports you to the past, the beautiful and clean river, the only thing not so good is the road, the bad road been, but this is not their fault, a recommendation to say well the time they come to pick up, so that we are ready at the time agreed with the local operator

Excellent tour, the guide knows a lot about the Mayan culture, he makes good use of time.