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Tikal

Tikal

Once home to 100,000 Maya, Tikal was one of the most important cities in the Maya empire. It was abandoned when the empire collapsed and...

Major Attraction, Ruin
Guatemala
Sunset Tour of Tikal

Sunset Tour of Tikal

. The main reason to take this tour is to get to stay in the park up until sunset, so don't expect to be overloaded by information from your...

Hiking, Cultural Tour, Ruin
Flores, Guatemala
Sunrise Tour of Tikal

Sunrise Tour of Tikal

This tour begins at the ugly hour of 4.30am and the guide leads you by torchlight (bring your own) past a few interesting spots for information...

Hiking, Cultural Tour, Ruin
Flores, Guatemala
Nueva Juventud ecological park

Nueva Juventud ecological park

Volunteer Petén runs an ecological park that travelers can visit for free. When you arrive in San Andres, call them or go to the...

Hiking
San Andres, Guatemala
Skyway

Skyway

You’ll get a bird’s eye view of the park as you walk 40 meters (131 ft) in the air on the twisting skyway paths. During the...

Hiking
Parque Natural Ixpanpajul, Guatemala
The ruins of Yaxha

The ruins of Yaxha

Yaxhá is a unique religious site and the third largest Mayan ceremonial archaeological site in Petén. The temples were built...

Monument
Yaxha, Guatemala
Nakum

Nakum

On the banks of the Holum River, Nakum flourished during the Late Classic (700-900 A.C.) period because it was on an important...

Monument
Yaxha, Guatemala
Lake tours

Lake tours

Boats can be hired for any length of time from a half-hour to all day. The rate is $15 for 30 minutes per boat (up to 9 people)...

Other Activity
Flores, Guatemala
Petencito Zoo

Petencito Zoo

Not far down the shore from the village of San Miguel is the Petencito Zoo. It gives visitors the chance to see a collection of...

Other Activity
Flores, Guatemala
ARCAS Center

ARCAS Center

The Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Association runs an animal habilitation center close to San Miguel. They take care of...

Other Activity
Flores, Guatemala
Gran Plaza

Gran Plaza

The heart of the ancient Mayan civilization lies in this plaza, the focal point of the king’s realm. Temple I, also known as...

Ruin
Guatemala
Acrópolis Central

Acrópolis Central

This maze of residential palaces and small temples is found on the south side of Gran Plaza. Believed to be where the royal family and their...

Ruin
Guatemala
Acrópolis del Sur & Templo V

Acrópolis del Sur & Templo V

South of Gran Plaza is Acrópolis del Sur, which is a massive area yet to be restored. This two-hectare mass of stonework is still covered by vines...

Ruin
Guatemala
Plaza de los Siete Templos

Plaza de los Siete Templos

Next to the Acrópolis del Sur is the complex comprised of seven little temples built in a row. Although the temples were...

Ruin
Guatemala
El Mundo Perdido (The Lost World)

El Mundo Perdido (The Lost World)

This sizable complex consists of 38 structures oriented in a traditional Mayan pattern serving as an astronomy observatory. The ancient Mayans...

Ruin
Guatemala
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