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Yaxhá, Peten

The Basics

While the city must have become quite isolated during the collapse of the Maya civilization between AD 800 and 900, it continued to function well into the 1500s, and their sophisticated builders left behind some 500 structures. Among the highlights are nine temple pyramids, two ball courts, and 40 unusually carved stelae. Climb to the top of Temple 216 for remarkable views over the lakes and rivers. Most day trips leave from Flores and explore a good chunk of the Yaxhá-Nakum-Naranjo National Park, which has three more impressive sites: Topoxte, on the south shore of the Lake Yaxhá; Nakum, an ancient port on the Holmul River; and Naranjo, which was Yaxhá’s long-time rival.

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Tikal and Yaxha Overnight Trip by Air from Guatemala City
Tikal and Yaxha Overnight Trip by Air from Guatemala City
$573.08 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Tikal and Yaxha
Everything went according to plan. I'm glad I did Yaxha. Whereas Tikal is covered with tourists, I almost had Yaxha to myself. Guides were very knowledgeable and I learned alot about the civilization and architecture.
rfriend1984, Oct 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Flores

A good day at Yaxha
pdkenyon6, Jan 2020
Yaxha VIP Private Day Tour All-Inclusive
Yaxha is the less well-known that its companion city, Tikal. Therefore it is less visited, but equally striking and amazing. The tour with Elmer Alvarado of Tikal VIP Tours was outstanding. He provided lots of information, transportation and a place for local lunch. We enjoyed our time with him and Yaxha after a day at Tikal.
Beautiful and tiring
Mahlet_L, Feb 2020
Yaxha National Park Sunset Tour
I was picked up on time and the sunset was beautiful. Tour guide could not fully translate to english
Amazing experience
Louis L, May 2019
2-Day Mayan Ruins Tour of Tikal and Yaxha from Flores
Super nice visit of these 2 amazing Mayan sites. Elder, our guide, was super friendly and qualified. His explanations about Mayan life and about the sites were really interesting. We definitely recommend this tour.
henribezard, Feb 2020
Yaxha VIP Private Day Tour All-Inclusive
We warmly recommend a tour with this company (especially Calvin for us), Calvin is a guide a passioned by history and nature of hi country that’s why he share so easily his knowledge! First we only wanted to see Yaxha but at the end of the day we had booked for the next morning the Tikal sunrise with them. In addition to the tour he arranged us plenty of facilities (transport to the airport...) Fidias (the driver) was as well a very professional and kind. Thank again for the unforgettable experience!
This trip was SUCH an adventure. We...
andreaxkim, Feb 2018
Tikal and Yaxha Overnight Trip by Air from Antigua
This trip was SUCH an adventure. We were coming from Antigua and our pick up was at 3:45am. We arrived to the airport at 4:30 and had a 6:30am flight to Flores. From Flores, we went into a shuttle and went DIRECTLY to Tikal and embarked on a 5 hour hike. We were so tired, but when you get to the will be floored at the beauty. The entire trip was executed flawlessly. I recommend this to anyone who wants some serious hiking, likes a good workout, see history being made as parts of both Tikal and Yaxha are still under investigation, and loves adventure. There are A LOT of mosquitos and bugs here. Pack bug spray, dryer sheets, cortisone...whatever you need to fight the army of bug bites you may get here...just a very humid location because you're in a rainforest. I would do it all over again!
A realization of a desire. Coordination...
EduBJ, Nov 2016
2-Day Trip to Tikal and Yaxha Ruins
A realization of a desire. Coordination was poor, but my expectation was fullfilled

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Yaxhá is an ideal spot for history and archaeology lovers.
  • Be prepared to hike, with plenty of water and mosquito repellent.
  • There is an entrance fee.
  • Bring your own snacks and water.
  • If staying overnight at the lakeside huts, bring a flashlight.
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How to Get There

Yaxhá is located in the Petén region of Guatemala, about 19 miles (30 kilometers) north of Tikal and 45 miles (73 kilometers) from Flores. Driving here requires a 4WD, as the off-road pathway is rocky and can become inaccessible in heavy rains. Buses leave Flores about every two hours and take about 1.5 - 2 hours.

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When to Get There

The site is open daily from morning until evening. The climate in Flores is pleasant throughout the year, though it’s best to avoid the rainy season (May through October). Come to the city in the first two weeks of January to experience the Dance of the Chotona festival, a quirky fiesta featuring firecrackers, religious processions, a parade featuring giant dolls made of paper maché, men in drag, and lots of dancing.

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The Yaxhá Kingdom Yaxháxa0was already a large city as early as 1000 BC, reigning as an important hub for sacred ceremonies and trade. By AD 250, the city expanded in both area and population, becoming a main trade route in the region, and later, a trading partner of the great city of Tikal. Wars with the kingdom of Naranjo weakened Yaxhá. Although it was able to survive while the rest of the empire collapsed, eventually the city became abandoned.

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