Yaxha, Peten

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The third-largest ruins in Guatemala, Yaxha, takes its visitors back to the classical period in the Americas via an ancient Mayan city. Walk the ruins to view more than 500 structures of Mayan origin. The jungle has permeated the city, leading animals to share the area with tourists--be prepared to encounter monkeys and tropical birds. As you explore, you'll observe over 40 Mayan stelae, a kind of sculpture and monument, spread throughout the city. After working up an appetite, head to the restaurant at the entrance of the park. For Yaxha and beyond, use our Peten trip builder website to get the most from your Peten vacation.
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  • A Mayan site lower than the near Tikal, but worth a quick visit. Completely immersed in the jungle only 1 hour drive from El Remate and 2 hours from Flores. We were the first and only visitors and we enjoyed in complete solitude immersed in fog and in nature. Very exciting and fairly even the chatter of the monkeys.
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  • We visited both Tikal and Yaxha from San Ignacio in Belize. While Tikal is well developed, it is busy and crowded. Yaxha is more remote and provides a much better experience. We were mostly alone with...  more »
  • 80 Qz per person admission fee and nothing is done to fix the 11 km of track completely stoned to reach the site. Restoring, very incomplete, is more current, but what is done is worth a visit. Take your picnic, there is nothing on the spot.
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