Yaxhá One Day

Yaxhá One Day

Yaxhá is the third largest Mayan site in Guatemala, but due to its seclusion, it tends to lack large crowds. Enjoy a visit to Yaxhá (including both the ruins and nearby jungle) during this one-day tour.

Featured in:Archeology, Guided Tours, Historic, Ruins, Maya Biosphere Reserve, Topoxte Archaeological Site, Yaxhá-Nakum-Naranjo
4 hrs
Available Days:
Every day
7:30 AM, 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 2:30 PM
Hotel Transport Included
Mobile Ticket Included
Offered in English, Spanish

It’s true—Yaxhá is the third largest Mayan site in Guatemala, behind only Tikal and El Mirador. Yaxhá is, however, fairly isolated and thus tends to attract smaller crowds than Tikal. This makes it perfect for travelers who want the freedom to explore the ruins without many other people around. Yaxhá sits between two lovely lakes and is located about 18.5 miles (30 km) southeast of Tikal and 47 miles (75 km) from Flores.

08:00 hrs. Departure from the central area of Flores and Santa Elena Peten Airport hotels.

In Yaxha, you will be guided through the site and learn about the history and culture of the people who built it. The ruins include nine seats and 500 structures, including palaces, temples and ball games. Climb to the top of the structure 216 and get fantastic views of the surroundings. Your guide will also show you the Maler Group complex, which includes the twin temples, a large altar and several trails. Yaxha is surrounded by thick vegetation. A number of animals - including howler monkeys and colorful birds - live in the jungle here, and you may be able to detect some of them.

14:00 hrs. Departure Yaxha

SUNSET YAXHA Only, is a private tour that leaves Flores around 14:00 hours, where you arrive to Yaxha and stay until sunset.

Attractions Visited

Maya Biosphere Reserve

The Maya Biosphere Reserve is the largest protected tropical forest in North America. Spreading across 4.3 million acres (1.7 million hectares) in Guatemala’s Petén department, this reserve protects huge expanses of forests and the Mayan ruins that lie within them.

Read more:Maya Biosphere Reserve

Topoxte Archaeological Site

Topoxté is a Mayan site in Petén. Set on an island near the shores of the Yaxhá Lagoon, Topoxté has structures that date back to the Late Postclassic period.

Read more:Topoxte Archaeological Site


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.

Read more:Yaxhá-Nakum-Naranjo

What to Bring

Sunscreen, camera, comfortable shoes, hat/cap and money for handicrafts. Tipping the guide, driver, personal expenses and meals not specified

What's included

Ground Transportation to Yaxhá. Entrance to the archaeological site. Spanish-English professional guide. Lunch when is a full day Tour from 8AM to 5PM starting at Flores, Peten.


Many of our tours and activities offer transportation pick up & drop off options from several locations and destinations. Options vary by tour, see “BOOKING REQUEST” for full details.

Traveler Comments

Our tour guide was awesome and informative. After visiting Tikal, it was awesome to tie everything in together by seeing Yaxha! Much smaller than Tikal, but the views from the tops of the pyramids were BEAUTIFUL. I would HIGHLY recommend coating yourself in bug spray-- there are so many mosquitos!

- JAMIE E, JUN 2017

KLuis was an awesome guide. Extremely knowledgeable!

- DIANE G, MAR 2015

Loved Yaxha. We liked the 'remoteness' and feel of the site. The fact that the site was not totally excavated, but was rising out of the jungle, with the canopy of trees and howler monkeys above was appealing, as was the absence of crowds.

- LAURA M, DEC 2014
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