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Pyramids Bonampak (Chiapas)

The city was established around 600 A.D. in the jungle above the river Lacanjá, an inflow of bigger Usumacinta. The deep Lacandon jungle provided food and shelter, the river served as a transport channel. However Bonampak was a small Mayan city, probably most of the time under the rule of a bigger and more powerful Yaxchilán.
The Lacandon jungle was returned to the Lacandons in the 20th century. Should you want to know more about these people that are almost un-affected by modern life and still live by their traditional ways, I suggest you visit Casa Na Bolom in San Cristóbal de las Casas.
What here: There´s no doubt that the most interesting structure of Bonampak is „Templo de las Pinturas“ (The Temple of Paintings). It is situated on the left side in the middle of the wide but very steep stairway. The temple has 3 rooms, each painted by different scenes illustrating ceremonies of the royal family, wars and tortures. I thought the paintings were very well preserved, but if you want to see them in „shinning“ colors you can check a reproduction in the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City.
On the very top of the stairway there are other temples covered by moss and rather strange blood like must. On the main square you can find a huge 6 meters tall stelae.

Entrance fee: 39 pesos
How to get here: It is not easy. You can either rent a car in Palenque and drive for about 3 hours or buy your ticket with some of the travel agencies. They charge about 600 pesos per person for a one day trip to Bonampak, Yaxchilán, buffet breakfast (rather disappointing) and a lunch (ok). Once in Lacandon territory you will have to leave your vehicle and use (for an extra charge) a Lacandon minibus. After 10 to 15 minutes of a scary ride on a bumpy road in a very very old Lacandon minibus you will find yourself in front of the entrance to Bonampak. The other option is to rent a bike for this part of the trip.