A trip to Guatemala would not be complete without exploring the world-famous archaeology sites of the Petén district. This vast tropical jungle basin shelters some of the most important relics of Mayan civilisation. Mammoth limestone citadels whose pyramids erupt through the forest canopy with overwhelming majesty. Step into the mysterious world of the ancient Mayans. One of the world's foundational civilisations whose incredible achievements have fascinated archaeologists and explorers for over a century. Whose ancient calendars, writing, scientific knowledge and complex societal systems question our understanding of the world.
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The most famous cultural and natural treasure of Guatemala, Tikal is the largest excavated site in the Americas. Tikal sits at the centre of Tikal National Park and is a UNESCO world heritage site. Tikal National park is an area of incredible biodiversity and diverse ecosystems. It is home to 5 species of cat, including Jaguar and Puma, several species of monkey and anteaters and over 300 species of birds.
Yaxha was the third largest Mayan city in the region and forms part of the Yaxha, Nakum ad El Naranjo cultural triangle. It is set on a hill between Lake Yaxha and Lake Sacnab. One of the unmissable highlights of any trip is watching the sunset over the lakes from the top of one of Yaxha's Temple of the Hands.
Feel like a true explorer with a visit to Aguateca Mayan ruins. The journey to Aguateca is as thrilling as the remarkably well-preserved artefacts. Journey by boat down La Passion River, passing imposing cliffs and spotting the rivers crocodiles and iguanas. Hike through the jungle to the site's most remarkable natural feature; La Grieta, a towering rock fissure that divided the city. Nearby El Ceibul features Mayan pyramids, intricate carvings and monuments.
Sitting only 12km north of Tikal, Uaxactun is often overshadowed by its more famous neighbour. Although it is a smaller site than Tikal, Uaxactun is well worth a visit. The highlight is three temples which together make up a Mayan astronomical observatory. Precisely arranged to align with the sun on certain days, the temples at Uaxactun offer clues as to the remarkable astronomical knowledge of the ancient Maya.
El Mirador is one of the largest and earliest Mayan sites in the world. With much of this massive site still hidden in the thick Petén jungle, we have only scratched the surface of El Mirador's secrets. This vast ancient citadel boasts the largest pyramid of any Mayan site. In its heyday, El Mirador was the greatest city in all of Central America. El Mirador dates to 200BC, and its incredibly sophisticated architecture shows that the Mayans were far more advanced than was previously thought.
Visits to all these incredible sites can be arranged with us. Our knowledge of the sites and our passion for sharing them with our guests is unparalleled. Let us take you into the ancient world of the mysterious Mayans. Contact us more information or to make a booking.