Sitio Arqueológico de Yaxchilán

Yaxchilán Archaeological Site


Yaxchilán is one of the most important archaeological sites of the Late Classic Maya culture. It stands out, particularly, for the richness of over 130 monuments with inscriptions on stelae, lintels, altars, and steps, recounting the history of the dynasty that began in the 4th century and extended until the 800s. These artistic expressions portray the lives of rulers and scenes of conquest, battle, and self-sacrifice.

The site is clearly organized along the river that borders it. The concentration of buildings and civic-religious areas extends from west to east over a broad terrace, forming two significant plazas. The inhabitants of Yaxchilán utilized the natural topography of the terrain to construct the majority of the architectural complexes, among which the Great Acropolis, the Southern Acropolis, and the Western Acropolis stand out.

Near Station


Green Stones


Monday to Sunday from 8:30 am to 17:00. Last entry at 16:00 pm.

$80.00 MXN (Mexican Pesos)

300 to 850 AD | Late Preclassic to Late Classic

600 – 850 AD| Classic Period

Where is the Yaxchilán Archaeological Site Located?

It is located 18.64 miles (30 km) downstream from the town of Frontera Colozal on the bank of the Usumacinta River, near the border with Guatemala.

  • Fee for professional cameras
  • INAPAM discount (for seniors)
  • Discount for students and teachers
  • Free admission on Sundays (Mexicans)
  • Free entry for children under 13 years old
  • No smoking allowed, No outside food allowed, No pets allowed

Before it was called Yaxchilán, the site had received various names: Menché, Menché-Tinamit, and Villa Lorillard.


Archaeological Site of Yaxchilán

Little Acropolis or West Acropolis

Building 6

The labyrinth

Southern Acropolis

Building 12

Sitio Arqueológico de Yaxchilán

Building 33

Ballgame Court

Building 13