Gaining access to the Yaxchilan site is notoriously difficult, meaning very few visitors make the trip. However we have had a word with our Mexican friends, and have managed to pull a few strings…

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Ollie and Alexandra are here to help give you the inside track.

Key Stats

Flight from London London

10:50 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -6 hrs

A 6am start is required for this trip as the brightly coloured murals are best seen when the sun is on them. The breakfast stop alone makes the early start worth while - freshly made quesadillas, eggs and bread at Valle Escondido en route to Bonampak are truly delicious.

The site of Bonampak is owned by the Lacandon people, so entry to the site must be made in one of their own vehicles. On arrival at the river, which acts as the border between Mexico and Guatemala, visitors board a private boat and take a 45 minute boat ride down the river to the site of Yaxchilan, deep in the jungle.

Once at the site there are mazes and tunnels to navigate through and, although much of this site is yet to be excavated, there are still temples to climb.

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Where to stay

Uvence Arte + Hotel

Uvence Arte + Hotel

Located in the oldest part of town, Uvence Arte + Hotel is a converted hacienda that offers guests an authentic yet luxurious experience.

Quinta Chanabnal

Quinta Chanabnal

Quinta Chanabal is a modern Mayan palace, and is just a ten minute drive from the ancient Mayan ruins of Palenque.

Pool at Casa Oaxaca, luxury hotel in Mexico

Casa Oaxaca

Housed in an 18th Century colonial house, Casa Oaxaca has been painstakingly restored and modernised to create a designer boutique hotel.

Hotel Bo

Hotel Bo

In complete contrast to most San Cristobal hotels, Hotel Bo is a design forward boutique hotel, located a short stroll from the heart of town.

Quinta Real

Quinta Real

Built in 1576, Quinta Real Oaxaca was formerly a convent, before being taken over and turned into municipal offices at the height of political turmoil in 1862. Restoration began in 1972, under the watchful eye of The National Institute of Anthropology and History, with the beautiful frescoes restored by experts, and artistic treasures repaired.

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