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“May be better than Tikal”
Review of Yaxha

Yaxha
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Yaxha Day Tour:
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Day Trip Yaxha Archaeological Site from Flores
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Yaxha Day Tour from Flores
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Peten
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 17 April 2014

We visited this site the day after Tikal and while Tikal was amazing, I preferred Yaxha. It is a smaller park and many of the ruins have deliberately remained covered but I found it to be magical. The jungle, the monkeys and birds, and the sunset overlooking the lake made it an experience I will not forget. It is within an hour from Tikal just off the highway to Belize.

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Reviewed 1 April 2014 via mobile

I had been told that it was a great spot to watch the sunset and I wasn't disappointed... The park is smaller than Tikal but it's also less crowed... We were able to climb the pyramids and enjoy the breathtaking views... Took some amazing pictures!!!

Thank Susan G
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Reviewed 25 March 2014 via mobile

We visit Yaxhá in the afternoon and stayed for the sunset over the Yaxhá lake from temple 216 the third highest Maya temple in Guate. Just an amazing experience. The park is just incredible, much less tourists around than in Tikal, much more wild life easy to watch. All the original stellas are in the site as it was discovered only in the 80's when the government already had regulations on archeological excavations. You can ascend almost all the temples and have stunning views of the landscape. The historic info available for each complex is very good and helpful and the park keepers are very knowledgable and nice so you don't really need a guide. Highly recommended!!

1  Thank MagdalenaPaz
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

Some people want to go to Tikal to watch the sunrise from pyramid iV. But there is often fog in the morning. Besides, you have to leave Flores at 3.30 AM in the morning and pay double entrance fee to the site. When you take a tour the leaves Flores at 4.30 AM you will be too late for sunrise.
So I think it's better to go to Yaxha to watch sunset. Anyway, the view from pyramid 216 is far more beautiful then the view from pyramid IV in Tikal. Tikal is bigger, more impressive. But Yaxha is equally beautiful and more quite.
That day we enjoyed sunset, howler monkeys in the distance, bat falcon behind us, Yaxha lake in down below, with about 20 people (all the people present in the park that afternoon) on top of the pyramid.

Thank edhimal
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Reviewed 14 March 2014

A much more extensive site than I first imagine. Central plazas but also a ball court and another plaza with three large pyramids. Views from the top of the central plazas are worth the climb. Howler and spider monkeys add to the atmosphere.

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