Maya Biosphere Reserve

Maya Biosphere Reserve, Peten: Address, Phone Number, Maya Biosphere Reserve Reviews: 5/5

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Rob C
San Jose, CA2,115 contributions
Nature at its best
Apr 2021
An awesome experience for nature and animal lovers. A ton of wildlife all around, spider monkeys are the most visible but the howlers are the most noticeable. Lots of birds, some spiders, and if you're lucky you may stumble upon a jaguar. Unfortunately, I did not. Go with a guide, it makes the experience much better, and bring a hat as well as lots of water and bug spray, or the mosquitoes will eat you alive.
Written April 21, 2021
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dean Winchester
South Carolina1 contribution
saw guys photo thought it was cool
Oct 2019
looks cool like the photos very detailed and makes me want to go there but still a fresh man so that sucks...
Written October 15, 2019
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Julia L
14 contributions
Fresh and Clean
Jun 2017
Watch the treetops for spider and howler monkeys and keep an eye on the water for crocodiles. If you pay attention, you can see toucans, tarantulas, parrots, and all types of flora and fauna. Be prepared for the heat by bringing plenty of water and sunscreen. Go with a guide if you can to learn about the uses of the trees and plants in the jungle!
Written June 26, 2017
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alepresa
Guatemala City, Guatemala3 contributions
Always impressive
Apr 2017 • Family
I first visited about 20 yesrs ago and the change is impressive. They have made the experience 100 times better. We enjoyed the whole experience. Our tour operator really helped us get in touch and imagine what life would have been like during this period. Although you can do your own stuff having a knowledgeable tour guide is highly recommended.
Our kids where impressed and had a great time.
Written April 19, 2017
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Gardengirl805
Ventura, CA35 contributions
Total experience in the Mayan Jungle
Jul 2016
We chose to stay in the park at Jungle Lodge and were not disappointed. You are surrounded by jungle and all it's exotic sounds day and night. You do have to be understanding about the blackout periods to conserve electricity but then it is during times when you should be out hiking and taking in all that is around you. A Must Do is the sunrise hike with a guide to the top of one of the temples. If you are lucky, there will not be cloud cover and you will have an amazing experience. Try out all the small cafes inside the park with their many diverse offerings.
Written March 2, 2017
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Cecilia Jimena Garcia
Guatemala City, Guatemala119 contributions
Jungle's heart
Jul 2016 • Friends
This is an amazing experience surrounded by nature and wild animals. Sometimes it's raining but it's relaxing. I loved every minute I spend on it. Just be aware that you need a repellent for mosquitoes.
Written August 2, 2016
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juliogalvez89
Guatemala City, Guatemala146 contributions
A must to visit
Jun 2016
A magic place to discover an ancient culture, you will enjoy the nature sounds and see a lot of animals and flowers. In 6 hours you'll see everything.
Written June 15, 2016
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Fito S
Guatemala City, Guatemala89 contributions
Nature in all of its glory!
Mar 2016 • Friends
Beautiful reserve of unspoiled nature. Inside of it you can see all kinds of wildlife and completely fall off the grid. Nonetheless, it's under constant threat from multiple groups and communities. That's why it's so important to visit it, because that's the best way to show the local communities that they will profit more from preserving the rainforest, than they will from destroying it.
Written March 31, 2016
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BASTripper
West Hartford, CT263 contributions
GO!
Dec 2015 • Family
I believe this is the Grand Jaguar Temple at Tikal. It's amazing, go see it. A National treasure. We can't wait to return. GET A PRIVATE GUIDE.
Written March 20, 2016
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DeanMurphy2020
Orlando, FL7,273 contributions
2½-million-acre rainforest
Nov 2015 • Friends
Tikal National Park encompasses thousands of ruins and about 225 square miles of jungle. (Compared to Miami’s 55 square miles!) The central part of the ancient city that is the site of those 3,000 buildings covers about ten square miles. For those who prefer the metric system, compare the Biosphere Reserve’s 21,602 square kilometers to Yellowstone National Park’s 9,000 square kilometers. The park is also part of the 2.5-million-acre Maya Biosphere Reserve created in 1990 to protect the dense forests of the Petén, which started to disappear at an alarming rate due to population pressures, slash-and-burn agricultural practices, and illegal logging. This review concerns only Maya Biosphere Reserve, Guatemala’s largest rainforest, and not the Tikal ruins.

Unlike the world’s largest rainforest mostly accessible by the Amazon River, a highway runs through it, Maya Biosphere Reserve, which is home to a large concentration of ancient Maya cities. Many of those are under excavation. Tikal is the most famous, attracting almost a quarter million visitors per year. Many other sites exist in varying states of excavation. The Reserve’s forested area has shrunk by 13% over the past 21 years according to Rainforest Alliance. This worthy non-profit organization has several community development projects in the area. The most extreme deforestation has occurred in the Laguna del Tigre and Sierra del Lancandon National Parks. Financial resources are scarce for protecting the Reserve by park rangers, and the area is often considered a lawless wilderness, so take heed when planning remote hikes and camping trips.
Written February 14, 2016
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