Archaeological zones Bonampak and Yaxchilan: This is definitely a day to remember, we'll take a journey through the lush tropical rainforest of Chiapas in order to explore two unique Mayan archaeological sites. After an early (6am) start we'll head for Bonampak, stopping for breakfast en route.
This archaeological site features colourful murals in many of its structures and buildings. The dense jungle that covered Bonampak for a long time helped to preserve the vibrant colours of these wall paintings. Then we'll move on to an embarcadero at Frontera Corozal where we'll board a boat for a journey down the Usumacinta River towards the archaeological site of Yaxchilan. This ancient Mayan settlement, known as the city of the green stones was one of the most important cities of the Mayan culture and is particularly known for its renowned for its beautifully carved lintels and many temples linked by a maze of courtyards and passage ways.
These lintels, together with the stelae erected before the major buildings, contain hieroglyphic texts describing the dynastic history of the city. We will have plenty of time to explore the ruins and to climb the highest temple from where we can admire unforgettable views over the surrounding area before returning to our hotel where we will arrive at around 7pm.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotels in Palenque.
Duration: Approx. 13 hours.
Start/opening time: 6am.
Languages: English and Spanish.