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Yaxha (Guatemala)

Practical information about Yaxha

  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Viewpoint
  • Lake
  • Archaeological Site
  • Place or Historical Monument
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
1hr drive from Flores
When to go
The dry season's best - November to April
Minimum stay
Half a day

Reviews of Yaxha

Perrine J. Travel writer
27 travel articles

Tikal's once powerful sister city, Yaxhá is one of the most wild and best preserved sites in the tropical Petén region.

My suggestion:
Even though it's close to the site's entrance, I recommend you leave the huge Temple 216 to the end of your visit - the view from its peak across the jungle and Yaxhá Lagoon is mind-blowing.

Situated on the road linking Flores with the Belizean border, I found that this less-frequented archaeological site had a wonderfully mysterious atmosphere, thanks to its calm and beautifully lush surroundings. It comprises of several buildings including big temples, superb pyramids and several carved stelae. This is one place I'd love to introduce to my friends and family! With binoculars in hand, I spent hours watching the howler monkeys that live in this part of the Maya Biosphere Reserve.

Even if I'm sometimes a bit dismissive of the Mayan sites that you'll see during a trip to Guatemala, I found that Yaxhá was worth its weight in gold. Situated at the end of little path, which looks like a cul-de-sac, the Maler pyramid complex and the walk down to the Yaxhá Lagoon are well worth the detour.

The Maler pyramid complex at Yaxhá
View of the Yaxhá Lagoon, Guatemala