Yaxhá in Petén

09 de Octubre 2015

Yaxha is a sweet mix of archeology, beautiful landscapes and ecological tourism. You can camp at the site and learn the history of the city itself. From the main temple you can experience an unparalleled view of Yaxhá Lagoon and the city of Topoxté on the other side. It remains possible to wake up to the screams of howler monkeys and howlers.
Yaxhá in Petén
With excellent views of the Yaxha lagoon and Sacnab in Peten, a short distance from Ixlu Bridge  (from Flores to the border with Belize), this archaeological site stands at a high elevation of land on their environment, traditional customs of Mayan building .

However, this concept of a high city reached unprecedented levels in Yaxhá compared with the sight and distribution of the temples at other archaeological sites: the view is incomparable at Yaxhá. The site occupies 3 km and has over 500 buildings with roads that unite and also lead to the lagoon.

Yaxhá, the site of green water

The name Yaxhá  means "Green Water". The complex was discovered in 1904 by Teobert Maler, who during a visit to Tikal, took a jungle path that led him to this city.

In this archeological site they have more certainty of the magnitude of the Mayans who lived here,  because from the top of temple 216, standing 37 meters above the ground, you get not only the view of the complex and the surrounding forest but also the view of Topoxté, the  neighboring city across the Yaxha lagoon.


Yaxhá belongs to the Classic Period and is a nearby town to Nakum and El Naranjo, a set of  neighbours to Tikal.

The complex has large and medium-sized temples, and is characterized as a religious ceremonial site that one can go through and learn quickly. You can camp at the site because the area's administration has prepared Yaxhá Camp just a few meters from the lake of the same name.
For overnight stays they have developed several high wooden structures , that help sustain the grass below, this helps provide better security for the surrounding fauna and the natural environment.

Laguna with a white beach

Because the region has an abundance of calcareous shores,  the lake is decorated in white beaches. You must remember the presence of crocodiles.

Protected Area

It is important to keep in mind that it is all a protected habitat for wildlife and that the forest is not the only thing around ...  we remind the visitor, again, that there are crocodiles inYaxhá Lagoon.

During tours of the archaeological site it is easy to spot monkeys moving from tree to tree.

The mornings (when camping) are surely a better way to stay, because around 6:00 AM the air is filled with birds singing and screams of howler monkeys, who can make sounds for miles in the jungle .

Yaxhá and other sites close by

Usually the tour to Yaxhá includes the neighboring cities of Nakum and El Naranjo,but does require long walks in the wild to reach them.

Traveler after traveler agrees that Yaxha represents an archaeological destination equal to Tikal in size, even with the added benefit of a truly peaceful atmosphere, and  undisturbed forest, which reflects the real concept of a protected area without the boisterous conglamorate that visit other archaeological sites


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