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Nature lovers willing to venture off the beaten track will swoon over the frothy cascades and exotic animals of the Lacandón Jungle and the El Triunfo reserve.

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$94.99 Cultural & Theme Tours

Mayan Ruins, Misol-Ha, Agua Azul Waterfalls Tour from Palenque

After pickup at your hotel, depart Palenque in an air-conditioned minivan for a full-day cultural and archaeological tour. Your first stop is the Palenque archaeological site, once an important Mayan capital city. The ruins date back to 226 BC and are surrounded by jungle. Much of the history of this ancient civilization has been pieced together by historians, who have interpreted hieroglyphics inscribed on the monuments. Spend 2 hours learning about Mayan culture and what life was like in this fascinating civilization during its peak. Next is the Misol-Ha Waterfall, a towering 115-foot-high (35-meter) waterfall that streams down a jagged cliff as if being poured from a spigot above. Soak up the soothing sounds of the rushing water and the coolness of the mist during your visit.Find a piece of tropical heaven at your next stop, the Agua Azul Cascades, a series of waterfalls named for their turquoise water. Relax and admire the tranquil scenery and take a refreshing dip in the pools of water at the base of the waterfalls if you wish. You’ll also have the option to purchase refreshments and regional snacks. After your visit, relax on the trip back to your hotel.

$91 Cultural & Theme Tours

Lacandona Jungle, Yaxchilan, Bonampak Tour from Palenque

You will be picked up early in the morning from your hotel in Palenque and drive 2 hours with direction to the Bonampak Ruins. On the way, you'll stop to have a breakfast buffet and then continue with the visit the ruins. Located in the Lacandona Jungle, Bonampak – “painted walls" in the Mayan language – stands out from surrounding temple complexes because of its famous Temple of Murals. Explore this amazing archaeological site and see the famous ancient frescoes wall painting by the Mayan people. The frescoes, now partially restored by an expert team, have been dated to the year 790 AD. The adventure continues on for a 30-minute drive to Frontera Corozal to board a boat for 1 hour to get to Yaxchilan Archaeological Site buried deep in the Lacandon Jungle.This magic place is at the banks of the Usumacinta River, just in the borderline between Mexico and Guatemala. Yaxchilan is  a very large prehispanic site with dozens of structures and monuments.You will only be able to access a small number of buildings such as the Great Acropolis, the Small Acropolis and the Great Plaza. This sacred city that had its apogee during the classical period, at the end of 600 BC documents an important battle against Palenque around 654 AD. Here you will have a few hours to discover this secluded site with plenty of time to take photos and relax listening to the sounds of nature. Return to your boat for 1-hour return journey down the Usumacinta river. Arrive at the traditional town of Frontera Corozal and sit down to a flavorsome lunch of regional favorites; typical menus include beef, chicken or fish accompanied by delicious Mexican sides. Relax during the 2.5-hour return journey to your Palenque hotel, where the tour concludes.

$39 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Sumidero Canyon, Chiapa de Corzo Tour from San Cristobal

Your tour begins with hotel pickup in San Cristobal de las Casas. Drive to Sumidero Canyon and begin your 2-hour boat ride along this majestic canyon. Admire the walls towering 2,500 feel above you and also see amazing waterfalls, caves and even spot monkeys, birds and crocodiles. Once you are done with the ride, you'll board your vehicle and drive to the Magic town (Pueblo Magico) of Chiapa de Corzo. This colonial city was founded by Spanish conquistadores. You'l'l enjoy a 2-hour visit here and have time to explore the town, walk around and, if you wish, enjoy a typical dish of the region. See the city's central fountain to admire the outstanding mudejar-style brickwork and surroundings such as the portals with colorful crafts for sale.After your visit, relax on your trip back to your hotel.

$37.50 Cultural & Theme Tours

Agua Azul, Misol Ha Waterfalls and Palenque Ruins 1-Day Trip

This all-day sightseeing trip begins at 5am with pickup at your hotel in San Cristóbal de las Casas. First, head 3.5 hours north through the stunning mountains of Chiapas, a mix of jungle and pine forest that is home to 42 bodies of water and 40 protected natural areas. Your first stop is Cascadas de Agua Azul, a series of cascading waterfalls washing into turquoise blue pools. Follow any of the easy trails upstream and stop to take photos of the mineral-rich falls and the limestone coating they leave on the surrounding trees. Next, you'll proceed about an hour further north to Misol-Ha, a115-foot-tall (35-meter) waterfall that lands in a circular pool ideal for taking a cool dip, and take a break for lunch (not included).Just another 45 minutes up the road, you'll come to the restored archaeological ruins of Palenque, a former Maya city-state dating back to the 7th century. This UNESCO World Heritage Site ensconced in the Chiapas jungle is known for its advanced architecture and sculptures and for its wealth of inscriptions, which have given historians much information about the ancient Maya. Its central pyramid, the Temple of Inscriptions, contains deep within it the tomb of Pakal, a monarch who ruled Palenque for almost 70 years.Return to San Cristóbal de las Casas by 10:30pm. Round-trip transport is provided as well as entrance fees.

$26.25 Day Trips & Excursions

El Chiflon Waterfalls and Montebello Lagoons Full-Day Trip

Pickup from your hotel in San Cristòbal de las Casas is at about 8am, when you'll drive south to El Chiflón Waterfalls, a cascading falls that plunges 394 feet (120 meters) into turquoise waters. Spend about 1.5 hours here enjoying the beautiful series of falls, taking photos, or cooling off in the many water wells. If you're feeling adventurous, climb 800 steps to the top of Rainbow Falls for a panoramic view of the landscape and a rainbow produced by the mist from the falls.Continue on to Lagunas de Montebello National Park, a series of lakes known for their various colors due to their distinct mineral content. You'll see lakes ranging from deep blue to bright turquoise to dark green, reddish, and even purple. Stop for a lunch break before heading back to to your San Cristòbal de las Casas hotel.

$83 Cultural & Theme Tours

Full-Day Tour to Calakmul Ruins And Reserve from Palenque

Your tour begins with hotel pickup in Palenque. You'll board a vehicle and start a 5-hour drive to Calakmul. Once there, you'll enjoy a 3.5-hour visit. Admire the wonderful flora and fauna surrounding the archaeological zone and maybe spot endemic birds or deer. You'll have a chance to climb the Great Pyramid and, from there, get a 360-degree view of the entire area. Learn about the importance of this site and how it served the Maya civilization during the Classic period. There are more than 6,500 structures here and the site has already been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will then have time to eat lunch and then board a vehicle back to Palenque City where you will be dropped-off at your hotel.

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