On this tour you’ll get to visit Maya sites on Lake Yaxhá. Yaxhá is a ruin on the edge of the lake, and Topoxté is a site spread out over a few of the lake’s tiny islands.
- 8 hrs
- Available Days:
- 7:00 AM
- Hotel Transport Included
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
In the morning your guides will meet you at your hotel or the airport. As you hike to the site, you’ll have a good chance to see spider monkeys and howler monkeys playing in the trees. The trail is relatively flat — there are a few steps, but they have handrails.
First you’ll arrive at Yaxhá, the third-largest Maya site in Guatemala. You’ll get to see the site’s most interesting buildings, including the Temple of the Red Hands, a ball court, and the pyramid of sacrifices.
Next you’ll set out in a boat for the islands of Topoxté. The Maya used these islands as a royal cemetery. They have temples and fascinating monuments to the dead.
Both of these sites developed over many, many centuries. These sites thrived in the Classic period, from 200 to 900 AD. After that the sites were occupied on-and-off until the 15th century. Your guide will describe a culture that made fascinating scientific progress long before European civilization emerged.
Before you return you'll stop for a meal at s restaurant called Portal de Yaxhá before. Then you'll return to the airport or your hotel.
The Yaxhá-Nakum-Naranjo Natural Monument includes the Mayan sites of Yaxhá, Nakum, Topoxté, and El Naranjo. The largest site is Yaxhá, which sits between two lovely lakes. Yaxhá gained widespread fame in 2005 when Survivor Guatemala was filmed here.
What to Bring
Bug spray, water bottle, a raincoat, hiking clothes, comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots, and money for tips and personal expenses.
Roundtrip transfers from airport or hotel, boat trip to Topoxté, entrance fees, a bilingual guide, lunch, and passenger insurance.
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I think the walking on this tour was slightly misrepresented. There was much more tough walking than what was listed. They said all flat with railings. My friend who is in good shape thought it was too much. I think it should be listed as moderate rather than easy.