Attractions

Top Choice Archaeological Site in Bonampak, Yaxchilán & the Carretera Fronteriza

Yaxchilán

Jungle-shrouded Yaxchilán has a terrific setting above a horseshoe loop in the Río Usumacinta. The control this location gave it over river commerce, and a series of successful alliances and conquests, made Yaxchilá…
Archaeological Site in Bonampak, Yaxchilán & the Carretera Fronteriza

Bonampak

The remote Maya jungle ruins of Bonampak are spread over 2.4 sq km, but all the main ruins stand around the rectangular Gran Plaza. Never a major city, Bonampak spent most of the Classic period in Yaxchilán’s sphere…
Archaeological Site in Bonampak, Yaxchilán & the Carretera Fronteriza

Plan de Ayutla

The remote Maya ruins of Plan de Ayutla sit on an evocatively overgrown site, with buildings in various states of excavation and abandonment. From the dirt lot under dense tree canopy, follow a winding path up the r…
River in Las Nubes

Río Santo Domingo

The Río Santo Domingo is a beautiful, turquoise mess of cascades and rapids. Some of the river pools are great swimming spots; it’s M$20 per person to swim here if you’re not staying the night. A swinging bridge str…
Waterfall in Bonampak, Yaxchilán & the Carretera Fronteriza

Cascada de las Golondrinas

A lovely water feature tucked 10km off the highway, where two rivers cascade dramatically from a high point of 35m and you can swim in clear blue water during the dry season. A wooden boardwalk crosses the outflow, …
Waterfall in Bonampak, Yaxchilán & the Carretera Fronteriza

Cascada Welib-Já

Thirty kilometers from Palenque, these 25m-high curtains of water aren't the most dramatic water features in the area, but the turquoise river pools make excellent swimming spots and there are generally few other pe…
Museum in Frontera Corozal

Museo de la Cuenca del Usumacinta

The Museo de la Cuenca del Usumacinta, opposite the immigration office, has good examples of Chol Maya dress, and some information in Spanish on the area’s postconquest history, but pride of place goes to two fine a…
Area in Laguna Miramar

Emiliano Zapata

The Laguna Miramar is accessible thanks to a successful ecotourism project in the small Maya community of Emiliano Zapata, near its western shore. If you arrive independently, ask for the Comité de Turismo or El Pre…