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Remote Mayan Sites

The Petén forest, situated in north Guatemala, hosts well-preserved and unrestored Mayan sites, some discovered as recently as 1998.

You will find that some ruins have an easier access than others: tours for Tikal can be booked easily from everywhere in the country whereas the visit of some remote sites, such as El Mirador or Piedras Negras, have to be prepared in advance.

During your visit, you will also be able to observe the jungle and its exciting wildlife. Only a few sites though will let you walk around without a guide...Don't expect to find luxury tours: in most cases reaching the remote Mayan sites involves making your way through the dense jungle and braving mosquitos ! Several agencies organizing those trips exist in Flores, El Remate and San Andrés.

In this northern part of Guatemala, there are at least 25 Mayan temples, including the largest pre-Columbian constructions in the Americas.

Neighborhoods in Remote Mayan Sites: El Zotz, Piedras Negras, El Tintal, Rio Azul, Yaxchilan, El Perú (waka') And Around ,

Other places nearby Remote Mayan Sites: El Mirador, Poptun, San Pedro Soloma, San Jose, Uaxactun, Flores, Ixlu Flores, Santa Elena, Lake Atitlan and Melchor De Mencos.

29 Jul 2010

Top Places in Remote Mayan Sites

El Tintal

Situated 21km (13 miles) south of El Mirador, El Tintal is generally the first stop for trekkers on their way to the large Mayan city. But El Tintal is more than a camping spot. With similar ...
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El Tintal, Remote Mayan Sites, Guatemala

El Perú (waka') And Around

Part of the Petén forest, Laguna del Tigre is an area where only few archaeological searches have been done. El Perú is a site that was recently discovered there: in 2004 the tomb of a queen, ...
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El Perú (waka') And Around , Remote Mayan Sites, Guatemala

Piedras Negras

Located on the banks of the Río Usumacinta, at the border with Mexico, Piedras Negras has some of the best preserved Mayan curved monuments. It is here that, in 1930, Russian epigrapher Tatiana ...
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Piedras Negras, Remote Mayan Sites, Guatemala


Yaxchilán, although difficult to access, is one of the most spectacular Mayan site in the region. Built on a terrace and hills on the shore of Rio Usumacinta, among luxuriant vegetation of a dense ...
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Yaxchilan, Remote Mayan Sites, Guatemala

Rio Azul

Río Azul, part of the Parque Nacional Mirador-Río Azul, is located up north where the Guatemala, Belize and Mexico borders meet. This city reached its peak between AD 410 and 530, when the new ...
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Rio Azul, Remote Mayan Sites, Guatemala

El Zotz

El Zotz (meaning “bat” in many Mayan languages) got its name from the hundreds of furry animals flying out of nearby caves at dusk, in search of insects and fruits. Located in the San Miguel ...
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El Zotz, Remote Mayan Sites, Guatemala
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