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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

Topoxte

The ruins are on an island of the same name on Lake Yaxha. It is a pre-Columbian Maya archaeological site and was occupied by...

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

Horseback Riding

Finca Ixobel organize horseback riding tours leading you through a scenic and refreshing pine forest. Whether you are a beginner or an expert,...

Horseback Riding
Poptun, Guatemala

Tubing

Have fun floating down the Machaquila River on inner tubes. The high energy and exciting guided excursion leads you down untamed waters and...

Other Activity
Poptun, Guatemala
Birdwatching

Birdwatching

The best place to go bird watching is Biotopo Cerro Cahui. It’s best go early in the morning when the birds start flying around. La Casa de Don...

Birdwatching
El Remate, Guatemala

Horseback Riding

Many hotels can book you a five hour horseback riding tour to Ixlu and Lagoon Salpeten for $20/person. Palomino Ranch hotel, on the road to the...

Horseback Riding
El Remate, 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

Plaza Oeste

North of Temple II is Plaza Oeste, where a considerable late-Classic temple is buried under the earth. The entire area is yet to be restored,...

Ruin
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
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
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
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
Mapa
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