Yaxha National Park, Peten

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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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  • To the north, there’s a hundred miles of jungle before being crossed by a single highway. On the map, it’s just a small corner of Central America. But here, it looks like forever! To the south...  more »
  • With an area of 143 sq.miles, this is a cluster of three parks -Yaxha,Nahum and Naranjo and has been named a world heritage site in 2006. Open 6.00 am to 6.00 pm all days and entry for foreign...  more »
  • This less well known place close to Tikal was a Maya City that was developed over 1100 years, from the pre-classic period in 200 BC, to the classic period in 900 AC. Combines both architectural expressions. Although shares many characteristics with the larger Metropolis, it has particular details of its own, such as the circular columns in one of the temples, to Aztec symbols.
  • This was my favorite Mayan ruins site (vs Tikal). Yaxha is less touristy and way more authentic and easy to navigate. And if you plan it well perhaps you’ll get a boat ride to the island of Topoxte.

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