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Address: Peten, Guatemala
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Yaxha Day Tour from Flores

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Excellent, in certain ways even better than Tikal

I do recommend visiting Yaxha if you have the time. It does not take that much time, about 3 hours to see everything and climb everything. Much less of a tourist trap that Tikal... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Groningen, The Netherlands
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Groningen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

I do recommend visiting Yaxha if you have the time. It does not take that much time, about 3 hours to see everything and climb everything. Much less of a tourist trap that Tikal can be, it attracts less visitors, is less excarvated and you really get a good idea how it must be to discover Maya buildings, covered by... More 

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Montreal, Qc, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Only partly excavated and restored but still interesting culture to be seen. Combined with a visit to Topoxte on Lake Yaxhà. Short boat ride required but easy to do and the walk through the ruins is easy.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Yaxha is an amazing place. Admittedly, I was there at low season - but we were told only about 100 people had shown up that day (we arrived around 3:30pm) of which 50% were foreigners and 50% nationals. We felt as if we had the jungle all to ourselves. My friend & I had booked Roxy Ortiz to guide us.... More 

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Mt Prospect, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

No question it is hard to get to on a dirt road that's OK when it is dry. The silver lining is you do not have the crowds that you find at Tikal. The site is slightly smaller than Tikal and not fully excavated. It is by a lake which can see from the top of several pyramids. It has... More 

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Halesworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We visited here before going on the next day to Tikal. A really interesting and exciting drive down to the site on what is still just a semi made road - so be prepared for some tooth rattling! The first pyramid appeared really unexpectedly but the view from the top over the lake was just great taking. The sounds of... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Located 20 miles from Tikal. I felt like an archaeologist here exploring centuries of Mayan history in the middle of the jungle. It is located in the largest protected area in Guatemala the "Maya Biosphere". The site shows great examples of priest-king built pyramids that just barely poked above the jungle. They also carved stone monuments, constructed ball courts, and... More 

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Poway, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This beautiful site is rather remote, and can only be reached via a ten mile drive on a gravel road. But don't miss it! You can get a wonderful sense of how the Mayans actually lived without the crowds, and the surrounding jungle harbors interesting wildlife.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

When you get tired of the crowds at Tikal, come to Yaxha. Not many visitors. Still has that jungle-like feel with trees, palms, green shady paths. Beautiful temples. Be sure to climb to the top of the temples to get wonderful views.

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

A unique archaeological site, Yaxha is the third largest ruin in Guatemala. It includes the remains of more than 500 structures with a number of major archaeological groups linked by causeways. There are several large acropolises and numerous temple pyramids. The view across the lake from the top of Temple 216, the highest temple in Yaxha, was breathtaking as was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

A lot smallet than Tikal, but also with such few people in February we barely saw more than 5 at a time,. All of this makes for a wonderful experience. The sounds of the monkeys and the toucans and oropendulas are constant, fantastic jungle music.

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