Yaxhá
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  • Richard B
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom5,031 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Truly Awesome
    Yaxha is a truly amazing place to see and not something you just 'add-on' because your at Tikal and want something else to do. Yaxha is a big ticket item in its own right and a 'must do' if you've made it to Tikal. A similar distance from Flores area circa 1 hour and 20. The last part of the road is pretty rubbish but easily passable with care. I was in a budget rental and there were minivans full of tourists easily making the trip. Once there, the visitor centre overlooks the lake and gives you a taster for what awaits. The archaeological area is spread out around beautiful jungle/country. The lake is a place of peace and tranquility and the area also has credentials as a RAMSAR ornithological site too. Not as big as Tikal, however a few scalable vantage points and an extensive enough area to enjoy a quiet, unspoiled area. I would highly recommend a visit if in town.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 1, 2024
  • Grzegorz P
    37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sunset at Yaxha
    Another great ruins to explore in Guatemala. Located in forrest, gives a chance to see parrots and monkeys. There are many well preserved temples. Especially a plaza surrounded by 3 really big ones is gorgeous. Near the entry is the temple of red hands with viewpoint on the lake and sunset
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 7, 2024
  • Anniek Z
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful yaxha with a great tour guide
    Yaxha was amazing and a special thanks to our enthusiastic tour guide Caesar. As soon as we departed from Flores, we were up for a good tour. We did the sunset tour to Yaxha and Caesar explained us during the bus ride a lot about Flores and the department Petén. In the park he not only gave us lots of information about the calendar, culture and old sacred buildings but also he showed us a lot of wildlife. It was great going to Yaxha, very quiet and calm and the sunset was great. Thanks Caesar for telling us all about the old Maya rituals and the meaning of the buildings. (phone number Caesar also known as the fox: +502 3029-8935 )
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 1, 2024
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Stephen L
Rye, UK31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Solo
I took the sunset tour of Yaxha. We had a pick up from Flores at midday. Nice mix of nationalities though I was the granddaddy of the group. Booked through Adrenalina Tours in Xela, though contracted out to a guide/ operator.

It’s a bumpy and slow last 12km or so along an unmade road. But what awaits you is great. Not on the scale of Tikal but as impressive in its own way. Enjoyable for there being many fewer people about and fun for you being encouraged to climb some of the larger temples - would never be permitted by ‘elf & safety these days in Blighty.

The sunset bit itself is really atmospheric with beautiful views over the lagoon. Again, as enjoyable in its way as sunrise over Tikal.

Thanks to Patrick at Adrenalina for setting me up with this. Would like to acknowledge the guide but can’t remember his name/ company.
Written December 3, 2022
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Rob C
San Jose, CA2,111 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Yaxha- Nakum-Naranjo National Park is the home of the impressive ruins of an ancient Mayan city of Yaxha. The trip from Flores by car takes about 1.5 hours. The entry fee is 80Q for foreigners. There are lots of restored structures and several restored pyramids. You can scale some of them, but not everyone. Many more structures remain covered by vegetation. Park was not busy in early April of 2021, maybe 10 people in the entire place. Access is difficult and involves a 1/2 he ride down a narrow dirt path. The bathrooms are located at the ticket office and right by the entrance. I'd come back.
Written April 20, 2021
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Ben F
Bloomington, IN1,797 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Want a Tikal-esque experience without the crowds? Yaxha is the way to go. The park staff were generous enough to allow the owner of my lodge, the nearby El Sombrero, to take her four-wheel-drive SUV into the heart of the park so that I could see the incredible ruins without needing to walk too much, which, as someone who normally gets around using an electric wheelchair, was very helpful, since I was exhausted from previously walking a LOT. The fee at the main entrance is very cheap, and any cost to get in will be worth it.

The ruins are structures you just need to see for yourself to extract full value. They were so enchanting and fascinating, and to imagine that only a fraction of all the buildings are currently visible to our eyes today…the city of Yaxha was massive back in the day! And I learned there was a path actually linking Yaxha with Tikal that is now, of course, all buried in flora and trees. The Mayans were extremely resourceful and meticulous, and their urban planning strategies were insane!

Getting to the park will take awhile, both if originating from Flores or the Belize/Guatemala border, but the trek is one of the coolest things you can do in the country. I felt perfectly safe and at ease. Check out this gem as soon as possible! (And maybe keep it a secret from your friends!)
Written December 31, 2022
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Richard B
Edinburgh, UK5,031 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Yaxha is a truly amazing place to see and not something you just 'add-on' because your at Tikal and want something else to do. Yaxha is a big ticket item in its own right and a 'must do' if you've made it to Tikal.

A similar distance from Flores area circa 1 hour and 20. The last part of the road is pretty rubbish but easily passable with care. I was in a budget rental and there were minivans full of tourists easily making the trip.

Once there, the visitor centre overlooks the lake and gives you a taster for what awaits. The archaeological area is spread out around beautiful jungle/country. The lake is a place of peace and tranquility and the area also has credentials as a RAMSAR ornithological site too.

Not as big as Tikal, however a few scalable vantage points and an extensive enough area to enjoy a quiet, unspoiled area. I would highly recommend a visit if in town.

Written February 1, 2024
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petergerman2016
Guatemala715 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Yaxha is the better Tikal. It is not so crowded, it is located at the lake and still the ruins are impressive.

Also, many ruins have not yet been excavated. Yaxha is 1 hour drive from the lake Peten Itza. Of course Yaxha is not as big as Tikal, and in 3-4 hours you have seen everything, but there is no more beautiful sunset than from Pyramid 216. The view over the jungle overlooking the lake - priceless.

I loved it and I can recommend it anytime.
Written May 2, 2022
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Ramadama
New Providence, NJ2,913 contributions
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Jan 2023 • Couples
Yaxha was a very nice archeological site. The pyramids and other structures are not as impressive as Tikal. None the less still it was a very nice Mayan city and worth visiting. It was not crowded on our visit and we could easily visit everything and take pictures in 2.5 hours.
Written January 21, 2023
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Stephanie B
Canada43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
I did a guided tour of Yaxha bakc in november 2021. We were welcome buy howler monkeys. Way less busier than Tikal, we can actually climb the pyramids wich is a great experience.I'd recommend
Written January 14, 2022
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mayahma
United States2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Loved the sunset tour to Yaxha, it was peaceful and beautiful. We saw beautiful ruins that we were able to climb up, the vistas were extraordinary! I highly recommend visiting.

Warning: if you do a tour from Flores, I recommend asking the name of your tour guide, if it is Saul, Do not Go! Find a different tour guide. My niece and I and the rest of our group were left on our own, and were reprimanded by Saul like children, we were all spoken to in Spanish, even when we told him that some of the group didn't understand Spanish. He even made fun of most of us! Saul is the tour guide who hates tourists!
Written July 27, 2023
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Grzegorz P
37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Another great ruins to explore in Guatemala. Located in forrest, gives a chance to see parrots and monkeys. There are many well preserved temples. Especially a plaza surrounded by 3 really big ones is gorgeous. Near the entry is the temple of red hands with viewpoint on the lake and sunset
Written May 7, 2024
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misstutti2
Antigua, Guatemala289 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
On our second trip to Tikal, my friend and I hired a guide to take us on a private tour to Yaxha. What an incredible place! With most structures unexcavated, it was fascinating to see the many mounds which promised buildings underneath. The excavated ruins, while not as large and dramatic as those at Tikal, are still interesting. ( I would definitely recommend hiring a guide to fully appreciate the history of this quiet place.)

The sound of the howler monkeys and various bird sightings were an added attraction!

I loved just walking in this quiet, uncrowded park where you can just enjoy the atmosphere of the jungle without crowds.
Written February 20, 2023
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