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The Best Mayan Murals

A January 2004 trip to Chiapas by JesusW

Mayan ruins Photo, Chiapas, Mexico More Photos
Quote: The murals at Bonampak are the best preserved so far in the Mayan lands. Getting there used to be a big adventure but no more, it is easily reached by van on a nice road.

The Best Mayan Murals

Overview

original colors Photo, Chiapas, Mexico
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The trip to get there is an enjoyable adventure in itself. Normally, the tours depart from Palenque very early in the morning at 06:00 a.m., as it is a long ride (approximately 2 hours each way). And you will be visiting 2 different ruins, some 70 km. apart. You will travel through a biosphere reserve area "Reserva de los Montes Azules" the Blue Hills Reserve, and here the jungle is filled with wildlife. The view of the hills surrounded by mist in the early morning is amazing, you feel like you are immersing in the past and you do, indeed. This is one of the areas least touched by civilization in this country, due to its isolation. Quick Tips: You will be able to take a bus to get there, b...Read More

Mayan ruins

Attraction | "Mayan ruins never looked so colorful"

Mayan ruins Photo, Chiapas, Mexico
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You travel by a nicely kept road into the middle of the Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve, one of the least disturbed jungles in Mexico. On the last portion of the trip, you arrive at the gate of Bonampak Reserve and are switched to local van (only the official vehicles of the reserve are allowed inside) for the few kilometers to the ruins. There you are met by local Lacandon natives selling their handmade souvenirs, which are very nice and range from wooden flutes to paintings on Amate paper to wood carvings of Jaguars or birds and serpents to small hand-decorated pottery. This is a very small archeological site, it wouldn't arise any interest save for one reason, the mura...Read More

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Mayan ruins
Bonampak Nature Reserve
Bonampak, Mexico