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Yaxchilán/Pa’chan archeological mayan site | Chiapas Mx

On the banks of the Usimacinta River an ancient Mayan city was built in the middle of the jungle that stands out thanks to its architecture and beauty due to the abundance of inscriptions on its buildings and stelae of the site. Pa’chan is its original name in Mayan language, known by many as Yaxchilán.

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How to get

How to get to Yaxchilán / Pa’chan by public transport:

From Palenque
You can take a public transport at the roundabout or roundabout called the Mayan head near the truck station, in the direction of the “Shupà” cruise.

From “Shupa” which is a cruise on the highway, take a second transport to “Frontera Corozal” which is the second transect located further south on the road 148 km from Palenque; When you arrive, take a taxi to the town where the pier is located, where the boat trip to the archaeological zone begins.


How to get to Yaxchilán by car:

From the city of Palenque, drive south, following the signs to Bonampak and Yaxchilán towards the “Corozal border” crossing.

What is a cruise?
In that area they call the crossing of the road division to access the villages.

About of

Destination | attraction
Yaxchilán, archaeological zone


Meaning of the name
The explorer Teobert Maler observed on the banks of the stream strange stones covered with green algae, and called the place “Yaxchilán” interpreted as “green stones” in the Mayan language.

The original name of this Mayan city was Pa’chan and it was discovered thanks to epigraphy investigations that deciphered the emblem of this city, whose name means in Spanish: split sky or match.


The site is reached by the river in a boat, you can admire the remains of the Mayan city Pa’chan (Yaxchilán) located a few meters from the Usumacinta River (Chiapas-Guatemala border).

The area for visitors is extensive, some important buildings are exhibited like: the Acropolis.

Within the nuclear area of ​​the site, 120 buildings of different types and functions have been found so far, 50 of them can be visited, and they are divided into three connected groups.


The area of ​​Yaxchilán (Pa’chan) was inhabited over a thousand years, occupied in the year 300a.C. with small villages built of perishable materials, which was transformed over the years into a powerful and complex city.

Yaxchilán interacted with other Mayan cities in a wide region, the flourishing of this city was lived in the end of the Classic period, the last date found in inscriptions is the year 808d.C. being the city abandoned around the year 900d.C.


It is advisable to take a raincoat to protect your photographic equipment during rainy weather.

Prices for tickets, activities and transportation may vary over time.