México Sur! Yaxchilan & Bonampak
**Southern Mexico Series
I am in love with Southern Mexico! Most people think only of the Riviera Maya (Cozumel – Cancun – Playa del Carmen – Tulum) when they think Southern Mexico – indeed, a great place to spark a love affair with this region, but there is so much more! Permit me to take you on a speed tour through Southern Mexico, to some of the places that have captured my heart!
Perhaps the best place in all of southern Mexico is the the one that is hardest to get to: Yaxchilan. If Palenque is magical then Yaxchilan is supernatural and otherworldly! It’s hardly even still Mexico and in these remote parts of the country I doubt anyone cares much about the hand-drawn line of a border as they go about their daily lives. Palenque is already somewhat difficult to get to and from there it’s several hours on a bumpy road in a crappy van to reach the town of Frontera Corozal. Once in this nearly nothing town, you need to negotiate a boat to take you about 45 minute down(up?) the river to the entrance of the archaeological site. Getting there is definitely part of the fun!
Once you approach Yaxchilan you get a feel for how ‘out there’ you really are. It’s Indiana Jones. It’s Romancing the Stone. It’s Jurassic Park. Hell, it might even be The Goonies!
It’s more than a workout to properly explore the entire grounds, and so, so much fun!
And if you’re “in the area”, well then it just makes sense to pay a quick visit to the archaeological site of Bonampak. It’s relatively close and you can’t go wrong in making the trek.
Hurry up and visit, before Mother Nature gobbles these ruins right back up!