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Maya Ruins in Guatemala

Maya Ruins in Guatemala

With a fascinating Maya history and more than 1,500 archaeological sites dating from 700 BC to AD 900, Guatemala is home to some of Central America’s most impressive ancient Maya ruins. Here are our picks for the best Mayan ruins in Guatemala. 

Tikal

Tikal in Guatemala’s Petén region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the country’s largest Maya site, with more than 3,000 ruins dotting the jungle-clad Tikal National Park. It’s a popular day trip from nearby Flores, but you can visit on a day or overnight tour by air from Guatemala City, Antigua, San Ignacio in Belize, or Cancun in Mexico. Highlights include the Great Plaza, Temple of the Jaguar, and Temple of the Masks.

Yaxha

Located between Tikal and Belize, the Yaxha archeological site is the third largest Maya site in Guatemala, with more than 500 ruins. Full-day Yaxha tours run from Flores by coach or Guatemala City by air, and many tours take in neighboring ruins of Nakum and Naranjo, which constitute the most densely populated region of the Maya Classic Period.

Aguateca

Aguateca also dates back to the Classic Period and is one of the best preserved Maya ruins in Guatemala, dating back to 300 BC. Visiting Aguateca is as much about the journey as the destination—cruise down the Rio Pasion, spot crocodiles and iguanas, then climb to the ruins and gaze out over Petexbatun Lagoon.

El Mirador

Ranking as Guatemala’s second-largest Maya site, El Mirador is home to the greatest concentration of pre-Classic Maya ruins in the world, with a history dating back as far as 2000 BC. Located in the Mirador-Río Azul National Park in El Petén near the Mexican border makes it a popular day trip from the Yucatan Peninsula. 

Quirigua

Quirigua might be one of the smallest Maya sites in Guatemala, but it still packs in some impressive gems, including the largest block of stone carved by the Mayas, which weighs more than 65 tons (59 metric tons). Day trips from Antigua or Guatemala City often combine a walking tour of Quirigua with a trip into Honduras to see the UNESCO-listed ruins of Copán.

Iximche

Located less than a two-hour drive from Guatemala City, Iximché was once the capital of the Kaqchikel Maya, and its magnificent ruins include ceremonial plazas, temples, and ball courts. Guatemala City tours often include a morning or afternoon trip to the ruins. 

Mixco Viejo

Just north of Guatemala City in Chimaltenango, Mixco Viejo is another easy day or half-day trip from Guatemala City. The former capital of the Poqomam Maya kingdom, the archeological site of Mixco Viejo is home to about 120 structures, including temples, pyramids, palaces, and ball courts.

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Tikal Day Trip by Air from Guatemala City with Lunch

Tikal Day Trip by Air from Guatemala City with Lunch

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Discover the ancient ruins of Tikal and gain a deeper understanding of Mayan culture and traditions on this Tikal day trip by air from Guatemala City with lunch. Take a scenic flight from the nation’ capital and make your way to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed archeological park in the comfort of an air-conditioned coach. Wander the jungle with your expert guide who will offer up facts, stories and history about the temples that surround you. Get the most of your time in Guatemala with this truly memorable day trip!
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  • 15 hours
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Tikal Day Trip by Air from Antigua with Lunch
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Tikal Day Trip by Air from Antigua with Lunch

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Experience one of the ancient world’s most incredible archaeological sites at Tikal, a celebrated Mayan city deep in the Guatemalan jungle, on this convenient 10-hour trip by air from Antigua. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Guatemalan jungle on your flight to this UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mayan site, spending the day exploring this incredible city’s steep temples and beautiful plazas with the help of your guide. Your day trip from Antigua to Tikal also includes round-trip transportation from your Antigua hotel, lunch, and all entrance fees.
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  • 17 hours
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$445.99
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Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour

Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour

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Explore the fascinating Spanish and Mayan history of Guatemala on this family-friendly 8-hour tour to Iximché and colonial Antigua. Wander the atmospheric archaeological site of Iximché to discover the history of the Mayans. Then head to Antigua, former colonial capital, where you’ll visit the San Francisco Church, Calle del Arco, La Merced Church and the central plaza. Your excursion also includes round-trip transportation from your hotel, a guide and all entrance fees.
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  • 8 hours
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Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour from Guatemala City

Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour from Guatemala City

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Take a tour from Guatemala City that showcases the mix of Spanish and Mayan traditions that have influenced this incredible nation. Journey into the Iximche ruins—one of Guatemala’s most famous archeological sites—and then make your way to the iconic Spanish colonial town of Antigua. Follow your expert guide to all of the local sites, including churches, plazas and shops—before making your way back to Guatemala City after this exciting day trip.
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  • 9 hours
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Tikal and Yaxha Overnight Trip by Air from Guatemala City

Tikal and Yaxha Overnight Trip by Air from Guatemala City

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Make the most of your travel time and get an up close look at the history and culture of the ancient Mayan world on this Tikal and Yaxha overnight trip by air from Guatemala City. You’ll venture into the jungle with your expert local guide during this 2-day adventure that includes stops at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tikal National Park and the Mayan ceremonial site of Yaxha. Enjoy sunning views, ancient history and incredible insights as you savor delicious meals and experience the convenience of round-trip airfare to and from Guatemala City on this memorable tour of Mayan ruins.
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  • 2 days
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Copan and Quirigua Overnight Trip from Guatemala City

Copan and Quirigua Overnight Trip from Guatemala City

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This two-day tour of Copan and Quirigua transports travelers back in time on a historic journey through stunning Mayan ruins. Travel through picturesque countryside to Copan, Honduras and spend a day touring the sites with your expert guide. Enjoy an evening in a local hotel before making your way to Quirigua—home of the tallest stela in the Mayan world—for a second UNESCO World Heritage Site-filled day before returning to Guatemala City.
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  • 2 days
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Mixco Viejo Day Trip from Antigua

Mixco Viejo Day Trip from Antigua

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Discover the mysteries of the ancient Maya civilization on this full-day tour to the archeological site of Mixco Viejo, including hotel pick-up and round-trip transport from Antigua. Follow your guide around the vast Mayan ruins and learn how the city was once the capital of the Poqomam Maya kingdom as you marvel over temples, palaces and ball courts. After lunch (own expense), you’ll enjoy free time to explore independently, before heading back to Antigua.
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  • 7 hours
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Mixco Viejo Day Trip from Guatemala City

Mixco Viejo Day Trip from Guatemala City

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This Mixco Viejo day trip from Guatemala City highlights you will see a moderate sized ruined city of the Poqoman Maya civilization. Learn about the temples, pyramids and plazas that make up this archeological site as you explore the grounds with your expert guide. Gain insight into the history and lifestyle of Guatemala’s oldest inhabitants and learn about this destination that was once the capital of the Poqomam Maya kingdom.
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  • 7 hours
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Copán Day Trip from Antigua

Copán Day Trip from Antigua

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Visit Copán, one of the most important cities of the Mayan empire and a UNESCO World Heritage site, on this 14-hour, full-day trip from Antigua. Enjoy a comfortable ride into neighboring Honduras by coach, before taking time to explore the site’s wealth of temples, underground tunnels, ball courts, stone sculptures and altars with your guide. Along the way you’ll learn about the history of this fascinating civilization and its unique hieroglyphic writing system. Your daylong excursion also includes breakfast, all entrance fees and round-trip transportation from your Antigua hotel.
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  • 16 hours
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Copán Day Trip from Guatemala City

Copán Day Trip from Guatemala City

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This Copan day trip from Guatemala City takes travelers back in time on a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site of the Mayan Empire. Your full-day journey from the nation’s capital city includes comfortable coach transportation to Honduras and a guided tour of the ruins. Gain a deeper understanding of the Tax Kuk Mo dynasty as you explore the temples and monuments and take a closer look at the hieroglyphics that decorate the site.
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  • 14 hours
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