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“Forgotten Mayan ruins”
Review of Yaxha

Yaxha
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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 3 August 2014

Visited these ruins today and there was only one other car in the car park. Although no where near the size of Tikal these are no less impressive and it is great to experience them without any crowds. Lots of spider and howler monkeys that echoed around the forest as we waited for sunset.

Many of the ruins have not been excavated and a number of those that have are still partially covered with acculated soil and trees. I am sure the site will change over the years but I hope that is left in its more natural state.

Thank lI0ve2h0liday
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

While most tourists spend time only in the nearby Tikal park, we enjoyed Yaxha more. This was because the park had a more intense jungle atmosphere, because there are very (very!) few people, and because it is allowed to climb all the main temples. The experience of standing alone on the top of the temples watching the vast jungle around made our daughter burst in singing. Climbing all those temples was a perfect activity for our teenager kids.

While Yaxha is smaller than Tikal, it does take several hours to tour, during which we got to see howler monkeys, tucans and wild turkeys.

To get there, we (a family of four), took a 60$ taxi from Flores. Its an easy 1~1.5 hour drive. We then drove to Tikal for the inevitable sun-rise tour in the morning after.

5  Thank G C
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

We enjoyed Yaxha more than Tikal because of the lack of people. The Howler Monkeys outnumber the visitors by a wide margin. There is lots of shade to enjoy during the visit. We were able to actually sit on the Juego de Pelota (Ball Court)! The site of Yaxha is quite large so set aside at least a half day. If you do go, stay for the Sunset. We enjoyed the sunset at Yaxha more than Tikal (Both worth it)

3  Thank dutcharbordaniel
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

yaxha is a very nice Mayan city, within the Mayan Bioesphere, is not as busy as Tikal,is by a lake Yaxha,it has a beautiful view of the lake from the highest temple 216, wild life is aboundant

3  Thank guatemejor
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Reviewed 5 May 2014 via mobile

We toured this with a wonderful guide Francisco Florian. He is fantastic!
We saw howler monkeys and spider monkeys.
He was very knowledgeable about the ruins as well as the plants and animals.
We were the only ones here! Tried to stay for the sunset, but the rains had other plans. Still a beautiful site! Highly recommend you wrap this in on your way to Tikal. And use Francisco!

2  Thank Sara H
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