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Yaxhá, Peten

The Basics

While the city must have become quite isolated during the collapse of the Maya civilization between AD 800 and 900, it continued to function well into the 1500s, and their sophisticated builders left behind some 500 structures. Among the highlights are nine temple pyramids, two ball courts, and 40 unusually carved stelae. Climb to the top of Temple 216 for remarkable views over the lakes and rivers. Most day trips leave from Flores and explore a good chunk of the Yaxhá-Nakum-Naranjo National Park, which has three more impressive sites: Topoxte, on the south shore of the Lake Yaxhá; Nakum, an ancient port on the Holmul River; and Naranjo, which was Yaxhá’s long-time rival.

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Tikal and Yaxha Overnight Trip by Air from Guatemala City
Tikal and Yaxha Overnight Trip by Air from Guatemala City
$573.08 per adult
Traveler Favorite
See 2 incredible Mayan complexes.
Great tour! TransportIon was dependable and tour guide Alex did an amazing job of combining the facts about the areas ( Tikal and Yaxha)with his own personal knowledge and stories. Hotel Villa Maya is nice but you are kind of trapped there as the closest restaurants and bars are 6km away. Tag airline was 2 hours behind on return trip!!! Meals included were the best we has on our entire trip to Guatemala.
dchappas, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Flores

One of the best tours I've taken - beautiful site and wonderful guide
Laura_R, Feb 2022
Yaxha VIP Private Sunset Tour All-inclusive
Elmer is an exceptional guide, one of the best I've had in any country. He is passionate about archaeology in all cultures, a passion that goes far beyond the sites where he leads tours. If you have visited archaeological or architectural sites in other countries, you can exchange travel stories with him and you will find an excellent listener and audience. He is patient, polite, curious, and full of interesting facts about ancient Mayan culture. He taught me a few phrases in Spanish and I taught him a few in English, which made us both very happy since we are both always trying to improve. He brings cold water bottles and a first-aid kit to ensure your safety during the trip. Yaxha is smaller than Tikal, but don't be fooled -- you will still sweat a lot while climbing stairs up and down to see the best views! We saw howler monkeys, spider monkeys, and were lucky enough to see a coatimundi. I recommend visiting Yaxha before Tikal, and if you book Yaxha with Elmer you may very well wish to book him again for your next tour. Gracias Elmer!
You won’t find a better guide!
Kelli_R, Dec 2021
Yaxha VIP Private Sunset Tour All-inclusive
We had an incredible time! Elmer is warm and welcoming as well as very professional. He’s thought of everything to make the tour a lovely experience — He’ll make sure you are taken care of and comfortable, from recommending a great place to eat to taking amazing photos! He has so much knowledge not just about the Mayan sites you are exploring but also about local plants, animals, and Guatemala in general…there wasn’t a question we had that Elmer couldn’t answer! (We also toured Tikal at sunrise with Elmer and cannot recommend enough. His enthusiasm is contagious and he is committed to ensuring you have a tour tailored to your wishes). Yaxha is stunning, less crowded, and entirely worth the visit.
A good day at Yaxha
pdkenyon6, Jan 2020
Yaxha VIP Private Day Tour All-Inclusive
Yaxha is the less well-known that its companion city, Tikal. Therefore it is less visited, but equally striking and amazing. The tour with Elmer Alvarado of Tikal VIP Tours was outstanding. He provided lots of information, transportation and a place for local lunch. We enjoyed our time with him and Yaxha after a day at Tikal.
Tikal and Yaxha
Rodney_F, Oct 2019
Tikal and Yaxha Overnight Trip by Air from Guatemala City
Everything went according to plan. I'm glad I did Yaxha. Whereas Tikal is covered with tourists, I almost had Yaxha to myself. Guides were very knowledgeable and I learned alot about the civilization and architecture.
Highly Recommended
Jonelle_D, Dec 2021
Yaxha VIP Private Day Tour All-Inclusive
This was my favorite tour of our 10-day trip! Our guide was the BEST! So knowledgeable and fun and the food was so yummy!
Beautiful and tiring
Mahlet_L, Feb 2020
Yaxha National Park Sunset Tour
I was picked up on time and the sunset was beautiful. Tour guide could not fully translate to english
henribezard, Feb 2020
Yaxha VIP Private Day Tour All-Inclusive
We warmly recommend a tour with this company (especially Calvin for us), Calvin is a guide a passioned by history and nature of hi country that’s why he share so easily his knowledge! First we only wanted to see Yaxha but at the end of the day we had booked for the next morning the Tikal sunrise with them. In addition to the tour he arranged us plenty of facilities (transport to the airport...) Fidias (the driver) was as well a very professional and kind. Thank again for the unforgettable experience!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Yaxhá is an ideal spot for history and archaeology lovers.
  • Be prepared to hike, with plenty of water and mosquito repellent.
  • There is an entrance fee.
  • Bring your own snacks and water.
  • If staying overnight at the lakeside huts, bring a flashlight.
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How to Get There

Yaxhá is located in the Petén region of Guatemala, about 19 miles (30 kilometers) north of Tikal and 45 miles (73 kilometers) from Flores. Driving here requires a 4WD, as the off-road pathway is rocky and can become inaccessible in heavy rains. Buses leave Flores about every two hours and take about 1.5 - 2 hours.

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When to Get There

The site is open daily from morning until evening. The climate in Flores is pleasant throughout the year, though it’s best to avoid the rainy season (May through October). Come to the city in the first two weeks of January to experience the Dance of the Chotona festival, a quirky fiesta featuring firecrackers, religious processions, a parade featuring giant dolls made of paper maché, men in drag, and lots of dancing.

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The Yaxhá Kingdom

Yaxháxa0was already a large city as early as 1000 BC, reigning as an important hub for sacred ceremonies and trade. By AD 250, the city expanded in both area and population, becoming a main trade route in the region, and later, a trading partner of the great city of Tikal. Wars with the kingdom of Naranjo weakened Yaxhá. Although it was able to survive while the rest of the empire collapsed, eventually the city became abandoned.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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