Day trip

Yaxchilan & Bonampak Ruins and Lacandon Jungle from Palenque

Day trip

Yaxchilan & Bonampak Ruins and Lacandon Jungle from Palenque

From US$ 165 per person

Visit the ruins of 2 Mayan sites on a full-day tour of Yaxchilan and Bonampak. Cruise along the Usumacinta River and venture deep into the heart of the Lacandon Jungle.

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Duration 13 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Pickup from hotels in Palenque. Please confirm your pickup time one day before your date of travel.
Small group
Limited to 14 participants


  • Explore the Mayan ruins of Yaxchilan city, built on the banks of the Usumacinta River
  • Take a 1-hour cruise along the Usumacinta River
  • Marvel at the murals of the archaeological site of Bonampak
Full description
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.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Entrance fees to the archaeological sites and natural areas
  • Driver/guide
  • Guide (bilingual)
  • 2 meals (including 1 breakfast buffet en route)
  • Boat trip to Yaxchilan
  • Extra meals and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • People with high blood pressure

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  •  The tour lasts approximately 13 hours
  • Please be at the correct meeting point and at the right time, otherwise the driver will continue on their route and you will not be entitled to a reimbursement
  •  The local supplier is not responsible for any weather conditions, blockades or other manifestations that prevent the service from taking place service. Any refund will be partial, depending on the kind of incident
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 34 reviews

Review summary

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  • Service
  • Organization

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I almost gave this a 2/5 (Poor) but upgraded to Good. Note that the ruins are FANTASTIC and the meals good as well. However, we were told roughly 12 hrs before our journey that we would be without an English guide. We chose to push forward with a Spanish guide and use Google translate to ask questions. NO GUIDE showed up plus we totally missed the jungle experience due to a rather confused driver. Upon return to Merida, I submitted a partial refund request through the web site, providing details of our “Most Excellent Adventure” and after about a week (they kept me updated) we received roughly 60% back! Truly amazing. Enough of this - the ruins are worth the time and effort. The murals at Bonampak are UNFORGETTABLE. The trip on the river to Yaxchilan is AMAZING! If we had the time I would rebook this tour (with English Guide!) in a heartbeat with this same company as we booked a tour the previous day and it went like clockwork. Extremely well done.

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February 26, 2023

Great ruins in the middle of the jungle. We saw monkeys close by. We were 14 on the tour (bus) but only three who had booked a guide so we were a small group at the ruins. the guide was brilliant, he made the Mayan city come to life and he helped us find and photograph the monkeys. There was a breakfast buffet at the beginning of the tour which was helpful because we left too early to have breakfast at our hotels/hostels

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December 3, 2022

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!

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March 18, 2022

Product ID: 96264