Yaxha

Fascinating landscapes of jungle and lagoons seen from the top of its temples.
 

Yaxha was one of the oldest and most important cities of Eastern Petén and is one of the few Maya sites that still retains its original name: yax-ha which means "green water". The city was inhabited for over 1,500 years, (800 BC - 900 AD), during which its inhabitants built over 350 buildings. It is believed that Yaxha was within the area of influence of Tikal, but was repeatedly conquered by Naranjo, vassal of Calakmul (Mexico), and had only brief periods of independence.

On the site you will see a highly organized urban scheme with multiple acropolis type groups connected by causeways, as well as two ballcourts and 31 stelae. You’ll also be able to observe two architectural complexes known as Group E, which were used to mark solstices and equinoxes as part of the Solar Calendar or Haab, and a Twin Pyramid Complex, which is an architectural complex characteristic of Tikal and was used to celebrate cycles called K'atun (approximately 20 years) of the Long Count Calendar.

Yaxha is the most visited site in the Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park as it is the most explored, accessible and provides excellent services to its visitors. On the site you can walk the original causeways that connect the fourteen restored buildings, appreciate the full extent of the site due to its excellent vegetation management and enjoy a unique experience with fascinating landscapes of jungle and lagoons, seen from the top of its temples.

 

Access

Yaxha is located in the Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park, which is located between the municipalities of Flores and Melchor de Mencos in the department of Petén, in northern Guatemala. To get there, travel 62 kilometers on the paved road leading from Flores to Melchor de Mencos, then 11 kilometers of dirt road from the village La Máquina to the entrance gate. If you come from Melchor de Mencos, you must travel 38 kilometers to the village of La Máquina. The Park is accessible year round and offers excellent services to its visitors.
 

Visit duration

You need between 3 and 4 hours to visit the entire site. To enhance your experience, we recommend you hire the services of one of the local guides from the Community Tourism Guides Association of Yaxha.


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