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Tikal

Tikal National Park
#1 of 18 Sights & Landmarks in Peten Department
We were very fortunate that GEM tours arranged for Omar (Elmer) Alvarado to be our guide for 2 1/2 days, including the full sunrise and sunset tours of Tikal, Ixpanajul Nature Park, and the smaller Ruins Site Yaxha.
... its tick vegetation and lively fauna (big felines are there too!), the temples offer breathtaking views and if you plan your visit wisely you’ll be able to experience moments of silence which are awe-inspiring.
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Great Plaza

Tikal National Park
#2 of 18 Sights & Landmarks in Peten Department
The Great Plaza is the best spot to stop and observe the Acropolis Norte, the Temple of the Grand Jaguar, the Acropolis Central, and Templo II.
We recommend you hire a guide as they know the vantage points for the best photos apart from guiding you expertly thru the jungle.
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Temple IV

Tikal National Park
#3 of 18 Sights & Landmarks in Peten Department
We did this at the end of our tour after visiting temples 1-3, 5. It's definitely worth it for some beautiful views of the jungle and you can also see the tops of temples 1 and 2.
When you ascend the temples and climb a bit you get a true appreciation for the size of the national park as scores of other temple peaks are visible from whichever one you are on.
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Temple I

Tikal National Park
#4 of 18 Sights & Landmarks in Peten Department
Temple I, also known as the Great Jaguar Temple, is the landmark symbol of Tikal as seen in every travel brochure of Mayan ruins in Guatemala.
Great photos to be had from base of temple and also from top of Temple 2. This is my favorite temple.
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Temple II

Tikal National Park
#5 of 18 Sights & Landmarks in Peten Department
Omar (Elmer) Alvarado gives great tours of Tikal Mayan ruins, the temples, pyramids, trees, animals, sights, sounds of the jungle.
A climb to the top (on safe, wooden stairs) provides a panoramic view of the Grand Plaza, with Temple 1 at the centre and Acropolis North and Central on either side.
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Yaxha

Peten
#6 of 18 Sights & Landmarks in Peten Department
Make sure when you climb the temples you give yourself some time to scan the horizon and see if you can spot any animals.
On our last free day in Flores, we took a sunset tour to Yaxha National Park with the help of our guide Francisco Florián Escobar.
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Lost World

Tikal National Park
#7 of 18 Sights & Landmarks in Peten Department
Once you are on top, the views are very nice of the jungle and you can see the tops of the temples.
Ask for a tour guide from Gem Tours.
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#8 of 18 Sights & Landmarks in Peten Department
... airport in a modern, comfortable and well appointed van and drove us through the jungle at night to Uaxactun where we camped (in relative luxury) for two nights among the community and Mayan ruins of Uaxactun.
He's such a great guy! Showed us around, introduced us to the xate leave factory, some friends who keep stingless bees, the best place to see the sunrise and of course the Mayan ruins!
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#9 of 18 Sights & Landmarks in Peten Department
Use all the diving boards and swings and then watch the sunset!
This is a very relaxing place and a great break from Flores.
#10 of 18 Sights & Landmarks in Peten Department
He was very knowledgable about Mayan culture and history and also about the flora and fauna we saw along the way (howler and spider monkeys, wild turkeys, coatimundis, grey foxes, jaguar and tapir footprints, and...
We met monkeys along the way (many!) and I managed to get really close to one, the nature, butterflies it’s a once in a lifetime experience and the views are absolutely worth it, being that deep in the jungle and...
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#11 of 18 Sights & Landmarks in Peten Department
It is more remote and gets less visitors than Tikal.
#12 of 18 Sights & Landmarks in Peten Department
Nice Cathedral!
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Aguateca

Sayaxche
#13 of 18 Sights & Landmarks in Peten Department
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#14 of 18 Sights & Landmarks in Peten Department
The ruins are small but the journey to the small islet is much fun thanks to a small boat which will take you across the Yaxhan lake.
But just the setting of it all makes it a great site to visit, if ruins are are your thing, like it is for me.

Ceibal

Sayaxche
#15 of 18 Sights & Landmarks in Peten Department
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