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  • 1. Tikal

    Although the region was home to Mayan communities as early as 600 BC, Tikal itself wasn't established until sometime around 200 BC. One of the...Read More

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  • 2. Ceibal

    Upriver about 10 miles (17 km) from Sayaxché are the impressive ruins of Ceibal, best accessed by boat from Sayaxche. Frequently rendered "Seibal" in English,...Read More

  • 3. Dos Pilas

    Dos Pilas is about 7 miles (12 km) west of the northern end of Lake Petexbatún. The nearest town is Sayaxché. Dos Pilas was founded...Read More

  • 4. El Centro de Conservación e Investigación de Tikal

    The Center of Conservation and Research is a collaboration with the government of Japan. There's a small exhibition and info center about its restoration and...Read More

  • 5. El Mirador

    El Mirador is still being explored and excavated, but elaborate plans are being laid to establish a huge park four times the size of Tikal....Read More

  • 6. El Museo Lítico

    El Museo Lítico has stelae (commemorative stone slabs) found at Tikal and interesting photos from early archaeological excavations....Read More

  • 7. El Museo Tikal

    El Museo Tikal has a replica of Ha Sawa Chaan K'awil's burial chamber and some ceramics and bones from the actual tomb (the jade, however,...Read More

  • 8. El Zotz

    El Zotz is where you'll find the remnants of a Mayan city, guarded by bats and monkeys and a few park guards. On a clear...Read More

  • 9. Nakúm

    The late Classic ceremonial center of Nakúm lies deep within the forest, connected to Yaxhá via 10 miles (17 km) of jungle trails that are...Read More

  • 10. Punta de Chimino

    Southwest of the town of Sayaxché is the remains of the fortress of Punta de Chimino, 2½ miles (4 km) north of Aguateca. It was...Read More

  • 11. Uaxactún

    The 4,000-year-old city of Uaxactún once rivaled Tikal's supremacy in the region. It was conquered by Tikal in the fourth century and lived in the...Read More

  • 12. Yaxhá

    Yaxhá is part of the Yaxhá-Nakúm-Naranjo Natural Monument. Though less expansive than Tikal, many report preferring its intimacy. It is relatively easy to reach by...Read More

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