Bonampak Travel Guide

  • Colored Frescos in Bonampak
    Colored Frescos in Bonampak
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  • Cascadas de Moctuniha
    Cascadas de Moctuniha
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  • Rio Lacanja Campamento
    Rio Lacanja Campamento
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Bonampak Things to Do

  • Bonampak Ruines

    Came here with a tour From El Panchan Palenque.More pics at my traveloguesOpen monday-sunday 8.00-16.00Nice site for infoBonampak

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  • Impressive Murals

    There are three rooms with some of the best murals I’ve seen. The certainly are one of the best preserve Mayan art available today and probably one of the best preserve Meso-American art as well.

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  • Hilly setup

    The sight is amazing. As in Tonina, the main pyramid lies in a hill, making it for a challenging climb. This pyramid is quite smaller then Tonina though, so you don't have to fear the climb :).

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Bonampak Transportation

  • Getting to Bonampak

    From Palenque we booked a trip arranged by Na Chan Kan. We left Palenque at 6:00am and returned about 8:00pm. From Palenque our van took us to the edge of the Bonampak park, where a local Lacondon Maya drove us in. Our trip also included Yaxchilan, so after visiting Bonampak our van took us to Frontera Corozal where we boarded a lancha. Yaxchilan...

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  • Colectivo from Palenque

    There are many differnet companys in Palenque (Juarez street, 5 de Mayo) that run regular srevices along Carretera Fronteriza. Buy a ticket to San Javier. From hear there are some 4 km to the ruins entrance (+ further 9 km to the ruins themselves).You can walk or ask somebody to take you to the entrance (for some price).

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  • To the ruins

    There are some possibilitys to go to the ruins from the entrance: you can go with a mini-bus, hire a bicycle or walk.I deceided to walk for those 9 km. It took some time bit it was very interesting, because the road goes right through the jungle and I saw quite few interesting animals. I've seen some of them for the first time in my life and don't...

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Bonampak Off The Beaten Path

  • Cascadas de Moctuniha

    The jungles around Bonampak house many more remote ruins and treasures, but typically due to their size and condition, they go unnoticed.One worthwhile stop if you have the time is a jungle hike to the Cascadas de Moctuniha. If you want to take an additional hour (and some extra $ for entry fees), you can included the ruins of Lacanja.Personally if...

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  • Lacandon Indians

    Some 3 km from where the road splits to ruins of Bonampak, is this village Lacanja Chansayab. It is the biggest Lacandon village, with a population of few hundred. The village is very spread-out. In late afternoon when I was there, there were almost no people to be seen, only couple of kids playing. A river is flowing nearby and there are some nice...

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  • Selva Lancandon Trip: a summary

    From Palenque, I took a tour into the Lancandon jungle. The jungle excursion from Palenque was awesome! I ventured into the Lancandon jungle with the aid of a tour since the area is not that secure. We were escorted by the 'federales' (police) all the way. During the two days, we visited three Mayan sites and the Lancandon jungle. The first site,...

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Bonampak Favorites

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    by Enzyme_X Written Dec 2, 2004

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    Favorite thing: If you decided to visit Bonampa and Yaxchilan, think about going there with an tourist ageny from Palenque. On you own you will loose quite a lot of time and even from financial view won't be much more expensive (maybe even cheaper).

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