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Yaxchilan & Bonampak Ruins and Lacandon Jungle from Palenque

1. Yaxchilan & Bonampak Ruins and Lacandon Jungle from Palenque

Benefit from early morning pick-up at your hotel in Palenque, and drive to the ancient Mayan archaeological site of Bonampak, first seen by non-Mayans in 1946. Upon arrival, get 2 hours to explore the site and look at its famous murals. Enjoy a breakfast buffet on the road, and venture into the lush green rainforest of the Lacandon Jungle. Declared a natural monument on August 21, 1992, the forest extends over some 4,357 hectares and is still inhabited by the Lacandon Maya people. Encounter refreshing streams and marvel at the endemic flora and fauna of the dense countryside. Upon your departure from Bonampak, take a 30-minute drive towards the frontier town of Frontera Corozal. Then, take a 1-hour boat trip to the hidden ruins of Yaxchilan, also known as "The City of Green Stones.” Once one of the most powerful Maya states along the Usumacinta River, the site is known for its decorative walls and the ruins of “The Labyrinth,” a temple with rooms spread over 3 levels and linked by interior stairways.  Get 2 hours to explore the complex and unravel some of the mysteries of its palaces, temples and public plazas. Then, journey back to Palenque and get dropped off at your hotel at the end of the tour services.

Misol Ha and Agua Azul Waterfalls Tour from Palenque

2. Misol Ha and Agua Azul Waterfalls Tour from Palenque

Enjoy the drive to Misol Ha Waterfall to see its impressive cascade that’s 20 meters high. Continue to the Agua Azul Waterfalls on this six-hour excursion from Palenque. Marvel at the stunning turquoise color of the water. Start out midday with a pickup at your hotel and a drive that takes you through spectacular natural landscapes. After your visit to Misol Ha you’ll head to Agua Azul Waterfalls, where you’ll spend around two hours, with time for lunch before returning to your hotel in Palenque.

Lacandon Jungle Tour from Palenque: River Rafting and Hiking

3. Lacandon Jungle Tour from Palenque: River Rafting and Hiking

Meet your driver at your Palenque hotel then set off on a scenic 1-hour journey to the Lacandon Jungle. Enjoy a traditional breakfast and hot beverages at a roadside restaurant before continuing to your destination. On arrival at the Lacanjá River, climb aboard your durable raft and begin your journey through the atmospheric and dense jungle. Float over tranquil waters before feeling your pulse start to quicken as you reach intermediate rapids in the rushing river; admire the fascinating flora and fauna as you enjoy the 2.5-hour voyage to the heart of the forest. Disembark your raft once you arrive at the Lacandon Jungle and prepare for an energizing 2-hour hike through lush vegetation. Awaken your senses to the piercing calls of monkeys and wild birds; smell the enticing aromas of exotic flowers; and listen to the crunch of leaves beneath your feet as you arrive at the ancient Mayan monument of Lacanja, a city abandoned and stranded in the midst of the jungle. Interact with the natives of Lacanjá Chansayab, a traditional Mayan village in which old customs still reign supreme, then stroll to the revitalizing Moctuniha Waterfall to marvel at the natural splendor of the formation. Take a revitalizing dip before enjoying a late lunch and returning to your Palenque hotel by mini-van.

Agua Azul, Misol-Ha & Palenque Ruins

4. Agua Azul, Misol-Ha & Palenque Ruins

Enjoy the stunning Chiapas state and explore its many treasures on this exciting day tour. Travel from San Cristobal to the beautiful Agua Azul Cascades, one of Mexico's most stunning natural attractions. Marvel at the clear blues of the water and relax to a breakfast of tasty regional dishes. After breakfast, opt for a invigorating dip in the large ponds formed by the waterfalls. From Agua Azul, make your way to the impressive Misol-Ha Cascade, which drops from a staggering 25 meters. Relax before this beautiful natural wonder and let the majestic sounds of cascading water wash over you. After Misol-Ha, head over to the fascinating Palenque Archeological Site, named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its immense historic and cultural richness. Spend a few hours here exploring the remains of one of the capital cities of the Mayan empire. The tour will end in Palenque at 17:00, and you will have time to enjoy a dinner before the journey back to San Cristobal at 21:30.

Nubes Waterfalls + Comitan Magical Town from Tuxtla Gtz

5. Nubes Waterfalls + Comitan Magical Town from Tuxtla Gtz

Explore the nature and beauty of Las Nubes Waterfalls formed by the Santo Domingo River, and visit Comitan Magical Town. Discover the natural beauty of the Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve in the state of Chiapas. Arrive and start to know this beautiful place, seeing the suspension bridge and the water falls.  Then take a walking tour through nature to the side of the river going up the hill for interesting panoramic views of the  Santo Domingo River (2 hours). Look out upon this mystical setting from a vantage point almost 152 meters (500 feet) high. You’ll even have the chance to walk along a majestic suspension bridge and enjoy the refreshing mist from the waterfalls. After the visit, you will have time to eat food (lunch)  and then continue with a visit of Comitan Magical Town (around 1 hour). After the visit, the tour will will continue back to Tuxtla Gutiérrez, where you'll be dropped off at your hotel. 

Las Nubes Waterfalls & Comitan Magical Town

6. Las Nubes Waterfalls & Comitan Magical Town

Explore the nature and beauty of LAS NUBES Waterfalls formed by the Santo Domingo River and visit Comitan Magical Town. Discover the natural beauty of the Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve in the state of Chiapas. Arrive and start to know this beautiful place, seeing the suspension bridge, the water falls and then we have a walking tour through the nature to the side of the river going up to the hill for  interesting panoramic views of the  Santo Domingo River (2hrs). Look out upon this mystical setting from a vantage point that is almost 500 feet high. You’ll even have the chance to walk along a majestic suspension bridge and enjoy the refreshing mist from the waterfalls. After the visit we will have time to eat food (lunch)  and then continue with the  visit of  Comitan Magical Town (1.3 hrs). After the visit,the tour will will continue back to San Cristobal, where you will be dropped off at your hotel. 

From San Cristobal: Palenque, Cascadas Agua Azul, & Misol-Ha

7. From San Cristobal: Palenque, Cascadas Agua Azul, & Misol-Ha

Get picked up early in the morning in San Cristobal de las Casas and begin your tour. Stop at a traditional Mexican restaurant and enjoy a delicious breakfast.  After, head to a set of waterfalls named "Cascadas de Agua Azul," created by the currents of the Otulún, Shumuljá, and Tulijá rivers. See shallow canyons with vertical cliffs. Go for a swim and enjoy the different views that surround you.  Continue to the Misol-Ha Waterfalls which are 30 meters high and surrounded by a tropical jungle, making this a beautiful and refreshing place. Then stop at the archaeological site of Palenque where a professional tour guide will accompany you in this historic site. Admire The Palace, The Temple of the Foliated Cross, The Temple of the Sun, and other famous sites in this Mayan city known for its architectural and sculptural heritage. After, reflect on your fun-filled day as you head back to San Cristobal de Las Casas to get dropped off.

Palenque: Bonampak Site and Rafting in the Lacandona Jungle

8. Palenque: Bonampak Site and Rafting in the Lacandona Jungle

Begin your 13-hour outdoor adventure with a pick up at your accommodation in Palenque. Enjoy the ride, in an air-conditioned minivan, to the Lacanjá River in Lacandona Jungle and take a short breakfast stop on the way.  Surrounded by the gorgeous Lacandona Jungle, the Lacanjá River is the perfect place to get a taste of Chiapas’ nature and fascinating cultural heritage. First, explore the beautiful surroundings on your way down the Lacanjá River. Your expert guide will teach you about the ways of the river and explain how to safely raft down it. Enjoy being swept across the water as you admire the surrounding jungle. Keep an eye out for creatures of the jungle, like the monkeys playing in the trees. In the afternoon, enjoy a satisfying lunch. Then, stretch your legs on a brief hike through the jungle. Listen as your guide tells you all about the native flora and fauna. Next, make your way to Bonampak, an ancient Mayan archaeological site. Immerse yourself in history as you navigate the grounds, which were built as early as 580 AD. Learn about the Temple of Murals, which is a long narrow building with interior walls containing well-preserved Mayan paintings. Reflect on your exciting day on the ride back to Palenque, which ends at your accommodation. 

San Cristóbal de Las Casas: Mayan Chocolate Workshop

9. San Cristóbal de Las Casas: Mayan Chocolate Workshop

It will start at 12:00 p.m. The starting point is from a central point in San Cristóbal de Las Casas. We will hike to get to the place where you will take the chocolate making workshop. First you will learn to differentiate the aromas of cocoa. You will select the best cocoa, so that later you take it to the comal and brown it on its tip. Later you will remove the shell of the cocoa beans, which are used to make different products. You will grind the cocoa beans in an old mill, this will allow you to create a paste, to which you will put hot water to be able to mold it while adding sugar to taste. You will put the Pasta in a mold, you will shake it so that it takes the rectangular shape. The mold with the pasta will be refrigerated. You will taste while your chocolate bar freezes a small cup of chocolate. At the end you will be given your chocolate bar. We finish at the same central point where you started the experience.

Tuxtla Gutiérrez: Sinkhole of Parrots Full-Day Rappel

10. Tuxtla Gutiérrez: Sinkhole of Parrots Full-Day Rappel

Get an adrenaline rush on a full-day tour of the Sima de las Cotorras (Sinkhole of Parrots) in the karst plateau of Chiapas. Following a pick-up from your hotel in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, drive towards the Selva El Ocote Biosphere Reserve, and marvel at the rain forest of Chimalapas. Straddling the borders of eastern Oaxaca and Veracruz in the Uxpanapa Chimalapas region, it is part of the largest tract of tropical rainforest in Mexico. Once inside the reserve, go to the circular cavity of the Sima de las Cotorras sinkhole, and prepare for your dramatic descent. Every morning, thousands of parrots fly out of the cavity, returning by dusk. As you abseil down about 200 feet (60 meters), you’ll see trees that can grow up to 100 feet (30 meters) tall, providing home to the parrots at the bottom of the hole. About half way down, you will also discover some ancient cave paintings, thought to be up to 10,000 years old. After your rapel, there will be time to eat at a local restaurant to taste the regional food of Chiapas, before your transfer back to Tuxtla Gutiérrez.

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We had so much fun on this trip! First we went rafting for 2 hours or so, then explored the jungle for a bit. It was just the rafting instructor, our guide (who could speak a hole bunch of languages btw) and us. We then returned to our starting point by car and were able to go for a swim at a beautiful waterfall and get some lunch. We had to wait a little bit for the ride back home and were back in Palenque at 8pm I think. But that was fine, since we just spent some time in the water and sun or in one of the hammocks there.

Fabulous trip, long day though - pick up at 5.30am and back at hotel at 8.30 pm - the breakfast and lunch are excellent, the transport a little cramped and short of leg room but excellent driver, the boat trip on the Uscaminta and ruins at Yaxchilan aRe just stunning and the visit to Bonampak was superb. The mini bus played DVD on the way back which helped pass the journey time and had a brilliant day with an excellent guide Elias, who spoke good English and was extremely knowledgeable.

Well organised trip, we were picked up in time, a nice guide and driver, and they were vegetarian options for breakfast and lunch. The day is long from Palenque but we thought it was definitely worth it! Only thing is that the « get your guide » app was saying we could not get picked up from our hotel as it was not in the pick up area, but we contacted the local travel agency directly by whatsapp and there was no problem- so do double check if the same happen to you!

Exceptional trip, totally recommended, it is long but very beautiful, the unforgettable jungle, the very well preserved ruins, the boat trip transports you to the past, the beautiful and clean river, the only thing not so good is the road, the bad road been, but this is not their fault, a recommendation to say well the time they come to pick up, so that we are ready at the time agreed with the local operator

Excellent tour, the guide knows a lot about the Mayan culture, he makes good use of time.