Replies: 7 - Last Post: Jun 26, 2013 11:35 AM Last Post By: gortman
Jun 25, 2013 12:36 PM
YaxchilanHello to all,
I am starting my travel in Mexico City and making my way to Merida. I have come across a day trip to the Yaxchilan from Palenque. Since I am heading to Palenque from San Cristobal de las Casas, it makes more sense to head there from San Cristobal instead of Palenque. How do I reach Yaxchilan from San Cristobal de las Casas. I would like to travel through the Usumacinta river. Thanks!
Jun 25, 2013 12:43 PM
1Most visitors book a tour to Yaxchilan that departs from and returns to Palenque, 600 MXN or so for an all-day trip by road to Frontera Corozal, and then by boat (there is no road to the ruins).
And on your travels from San Cristobal de las Casas to Palenque, consider stopping in Ocosingo and seeing the Tonina ruins.
Jun 25, 2013 3:16 PM
Jun 25, 2013 4:37 PM
Jun 25, 2013 5:51 PM
4I suppose someone would have a trip to Yaxchilan from San Cristobal, but probably through Palenque if any. The normal trip is a double hitter (Yaxchilan and Bonampak) . This is an all day trip out of Palenque to Frontera Corozal (a small community on the river). From there it's a boat ride to Yaxchilan. Upon return from Yaxchilan it's a van ride to Bonampak where you transfer to a private van operated by the Lacandon people and up to Bonampak (which is really worthwhile). After that, return to your tour van and back to Paleqnque in the evening.
Jun 25, 2013 7:23 PM
5You can get there from San Cristobal, but you have to either go through Palenque or do a southern loop through Comitan, Lagos de Montebello and Benemerito de Americas. The southern loop is long but amazing. I highly recommend it, but it would be best done in a vehicle of your own and done over several days. Easiest and quickest way to Yaxchilan is through Palenque. Don't miss it. I've been there several times and will go again.
Jun 26, 2013 6:25 AM
Jun 26, 2013 11:35 AM
What makes the most sense is to avoid the long bus rides on the days that you are visiting the ruins, It is possible to stay much closer to your destination. Palenque is so huge, with a great museum, that even two days is barely enough time to see it. Yaxchilan is an epic day from San Christobal, just one way. Don't miss the Cascada de Agua Azul on the way. Another half day. With the boat ride on the Usamacinta, and the many interesting places to explore at Yaxchilan, it is easy to spend all day, just here. By getting to the riverside early, before the buses, we got a private boat, and arrived at the site hours before most of the tourists. We stayed at the Lancandon Village in their streamside cabins. Here we hiked with a native guide, a woman, to a jungle ruin, and visited Bonampak the same day. We also stayed in Benemerito de las Americas, where you can hire a boat for other interesting upriver trips, Altar de Sacraficios being one of them. I agree with mclarjh. I am also a fan of the Tonina ruins. A must see. After the crowds at Palenque, it was very refreshing to spend most of the day at the ruins with virtually no other people around. There is a nice museum at the entrance, and great little cabins to stay in nearby.
I can't wait to visit all these sites again, with even more time to explore.
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