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  • LJO
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This should be on everyone's bucket list. It is magical and breathtaking. A short trip on a bus takes you up to the temples. You are close to many animals and can hear and see howler monkeys throughout the hike. Although you can no longer climb The Great Jaguar, there are still several other temples you can climb. The views from the top are incredible. This is a must see when you visit Guatemala.
    Written February 23, 2024
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  • Sierrita
    Guatemala City, Guatemala1,774 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I love this place. You have to climb up on it. The views are spectacular. And the ancient ruines are great. Better go not in summer, the weather is hot, Normally
    Written February 16, 2024
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  • Richard B
    Edinburgh, UK4,011 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • Uluwhehi
    Denver, CO249 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    if you dont have a lot of time or cant walk a lot- do this. lots of cool stuf fin a small area. Great place for sunset
    Written March 27, 2023
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  • Ken Q
    Denver, United States851 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We enjoyed our visit to Tikal and having the chance to explore the different temples and areas of the park.
    Written February 25, 2023
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  • Jeanne D
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I went on this amazing journey with Dynastia Kan and my son, his girlfriend and my brother. You walk up to 15 miles a day through the jungle and mud. All accommodations are very basic but comfortable. The food is great. The ruins and pyramids are a once in a lifetime experience. There was more to see than I had anticipated.

    Our guide, Wilber, was informative and fun and a fast walker! Antonio was a great communicator leading up to the trip. He was very responsive and let us add a person last minute. I would say be sure to check on the season and try to avoid rain and extreme heat. Be in good shape and bring blister bandages. The mules carry your bags and all the gear.

    I’m 59 and in very good shape and it was a butt kicker, but doable and totally worth it!
    Written January 7, 2024
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  • Augustine L
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    uaxactun!!!! Absolutely brilliant went for onr day stayed for six. Really chilled out town and the ruins are amazing especially the temple of masks. Thanks tonerbin, Mirna and Tina (comida super xhingona) and Sergio, Carol and haymen (hospedaje ching on) for making it such a relaxed trip. You can wander the ruins and jungles freely.

    me paso super bien en uaxactun trip arrrvisor gracias a Erbin (guia y alcalde) , Mirna and Tina por la comida tan xhingona y a Sergio, Carol and Haymen for el hospedal y a toda la gente del tortillaria donde inventabamos a "Agustinillo" (empanada de queso. amRecomendo que todos visita a este pueblito tan chingona
    Written May 18, 2022
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  • intnltraveler
    Guatemala City, Guatemala49 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We visited this park with 19 family members from 3 to 75 years of age and everyone found something to enjoy - hammocks to rest in, a good hike up the hills and across multiple suspension bridges with great views of the jungle, a zipline and the interesting swing/merry go round.
    Written January 8, 2020
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  • County-Hunter
    Tacoma, WA3,196 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you want the best views of the Tikal temples, this is where you want to go. From the top of Mundo Perdido, you can see the tops of the other temples, especially nearby Temple IV, and all the way to Belize. If you are like us and only had the energy to climb one of the temples/pyramids, this is the one to do!
    Written September 4, 2022
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  • Rob C
    San Jose, CA2,115 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is Tikal's Taj Mahal, a temple built by a king to honor his beloved queen. At 138 feet it is the shortest of all the "numbered" pyramids yet still it is 40 feet taller than El Castillo of Chichen Itza. It's a massive looking three-tier pyramid that has been meticulously restored and can be climbed by a wooden staircase accessed behind the monument. If you're with a friend climb the pyramid and have your friend stand in the middle of the plaza and check the acoustics. You can talk to each other in a normal voice and hear each other perfectly. make sure to take look at the roof comb which is very ornate and some of the sculpture is still recognizable after 1400+ years.
    Written April 19, 2021
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  • Ralf Wilhelm
    Stuttgart, Germany73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Leaving for Tikal at 6 am and returning at 2 pm gave us the opportunity to visit this spot and we enjoyed it very much. Just a quick boat ride from the island and we were dropped with an aggreed pickup three hours later. The rope swing consists of various ropes that you catch climb up and use to swing over the water and drop into. Cool place. Few tables, chairs and hammocks available. Cold and hot drinks self service at moderate prices.
    Written November 11, 2023
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  • breninkenya
    Ringwood, UK79 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding experience! Gobsmacked to find such a beautiful lodge with amazing food within such a remote setting.
    We saw hummingbirds, herons, monkeys, crocs and the camp grey foxes. Stunning bird life (even a Potoo) in a peaceful and stunning location.
    Edgar the chef produces superb food at every meal. The guides are incredibly knowledgeable and patient.
    Whole experience fantastic.
    We’re fortunate to have stayed in many ecolodges around the world and this is up there with the best.
    Written November 16, 2023
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