Yaxhá & Topoxté One Day

Yaxhá & Topoxté One Day

Yaxhá and Topoxté are ancient Mayan sites in Petén, Guatemala. During this tour, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of Yaxhá and Topoxté and also experience the sights and sounds of the jungle.

Featured in:Archeology, Guided Tours, Ruins, Topoxte Archaeological Site, Yaxhá-Nakum-Naranjo
8 hrs
Available Days:
Every day
7:30 AM, 8:20 AM, 9:00 AM, 2:00 PM
Hotel Transport Included
Mobile Ticket Included
Offered in English, Spanish

Yaxhá is the third largest Mayan site in Guatemala (only El Mirador and Tikal are bigger), but it’s fairly isolated and thus does not see huge crowds—it’s a good place for travelers who want to see ancient Mayan structures in a casual environment. Yaxhá is located about 18.5 miles (30 km) southeast of Tikal and 47 miles (75 km) from Flores. It sits between two beautiful lakes.

This tour begins at 8:00 AM. You’ll be picked up from the airport or your hotel and driven to Yaxhá. Once here, you’ll enjoy a privately guided tour of this site. The ruins consist of nine plazas and some 500 structures, including temples, palaces, and ball courts. You can climb to the top of Structure 216 (the tallest structure here) and enjoy wonderful views of the nearby forest and lagoons. You’ll also visit the Maler Group complex, which features twin temples, several stelae, and a large altar.

While at Yaxhá, you’ll also enjoy easy access to the jungle. Be on the lookout for howler and spider monkeys and a range of tropical birds. This area is rich with wildlife.

After you’re done exploring Yaxhá you’ll take a boat across the lagoon to Topoxté. Topoxté is smaller and located on an island near the southern shores of the Yaxhá Lagoon. The structures here date to the Preclassic period. The most valuable is Temple Pyramid C, which is the last remaining Postclassic structure in Petén. It has three levels, with a portal on the summit.

After exploring Topoxté, you’ll take a boat back to Yaxhá and walk back through the jungle to the van. The tour leaves Yaxhá around 3:30 PM.

Attractions Visited

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

Camera, sunscreen, insect repellent, comfortable clothing, and money for drinks.

What's included

Ground Transportation: Flores-Flores Yaxha. Boat service to Topoxté. Entrance to the archaeological site. Spanish-English guide. Box lunch.


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Traveler Comments

All my experiences were made even more amazing and enjoyable by being guided by so knowledgeable people especially Efra ? Wonderful !!

- AVO L, JUN 2019

Our guide was simply fabulous. He is the first thing we talk about when telling friends about our trip.

- ALBERT F, AUG 2016
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