Yaxha National Park, Peten

The third-largest ruins in Guatemala, Yaxha National Park, 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 National Park and beyond, use our Peten trip builder website to get the most from your Peten vacation.
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  • Yaxha is less grand than Tikal but in some ways more beautiful. It is tucked more in the trees and surrounded by beautiful paths. We climbed one temple, then walked along the path to the acropolis—and...  more »
  • I really enjoyed the peace and serenity of Yaxha. There were times I was "alone" and loved it. Very natural, much smaller than Tikal (but less people) but the views of the water are magical. The park ...  more »
  • Impressive, personal place to charge super friendly, pyramids and spectacular views. Very little visited due to lack of promotion and access only for tall vehicles. You don't need 4 x 4, only high vehicle. Visit, it is a wonder and step, hire a guide to support the community, that lack them much support!
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  • This review is for the museum at Yaxha. Be aware that all interpretive signage is in Spanish. However the displays are understandable. The museum predominantly houses archaeological materials from the Yaxha site. There also is information on the park’s natural environment and the history of archaeological investigations.
  • Very quiet place. Perfect to imagine what was happening thousand years ago. We were 20 on the site. You can hear the sounds of the monkeys Everywhere. Be sure to catch the sunset from the top of the ruins, surrounded by jungle. What an experience.
  • Off the beaten path so hardly anyone else around. Sunset from Temple 216 is beautiful. If you're driving yourself there, make sure your rental car has a bit of ground clearance because the road to Yaxha is pretty rough.
  • One of the great places to visit in Peten, Guatemala.
  • Less crowded and less expensive than Tikal. Beautiful location on the lake. Well kept paths and signage though all in Spanish.
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