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The Petén Things to See and Do

Check out Activities during your travels to The Petén. Scroll down to find the top-rated attractions, sightseeing and Activities in The Petén as rated by local experts, VIVA's on-the-ground professional travel writers, and travelers.




 
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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
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

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
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
Templo IV & Complejo N

Templo IV & Complejo N

The largest pyramid at Tikal, Templo IV is the second tallest surviving Mayan structure, reaching a height of 65m. The only taller Mayan pyramid is...

Ruin
Guatemala

Templo de las Inscripciones (Templo VI)

Only discovered in 1951, this temple is located 1.2 km southeast of Gran Plaza. Unlike Copán and several other Mayan sites, most...

Ruin
Guatemala
Northern Complexes

Northern Complexes

These complexes are found one kilometer away from the Gran Plaza via the isolated Maudslay Causeway; all of them are late-Classic...

Ruin
Guatemala

Museum Lítico

The bigger of the two museums in Tikal, Museum Lítico houses the important stelae excavated from the within the ancient temples. It displays...

Museum
Guatemala
Museum Tikal / Museum Cerámico

Museum Tikal / Museum Cerámico

Situated right behind the park ticket stand, the entrance of Museum Cerámico is flanked by beautiful orchids and thick plants....

Museum
Guatemala
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