Dos Pilas Tour
This tour visits the Mayan site of Dos Pilas, which is located in Petén. Dos Pilas was a Mayan capital and has several interesting structures still standing.
- Duration: 7 hrs
- Available Days: Every day
- Hotel Transportation Offered
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
This tour leaves from Flores and Santa Elena at 8:00 AM. You'll take a 4x4 vehicle and will cross the La Passion River on a ferry at Sayaxché. You'll continue on paved and gravel roads before reaching the archeological site of Dos Pilas.
Once you arrive at Dos Pilas, a bilingual guide will give you a tour of the ruins. This site has a long and epic history that involves treachery, family rivalry, and bitter battles. Dos Pilas was eventually abandoned in AD 761. The history of Dos Pilas was deciphered mainly from the site's hieroglyphic stairways and stelae. A palace and tomb were also discovered here.
After touring Dos Pilas you will return to Flores and Santa Elena. The tour departs Dos Pilas at 1:30 PM and arrives in Flores/Santa Elena around 4:00 PM.
Attractions VisitedDos Pilas Archaeological Site
Dos Pilas is a pre-Colombian Mayan site in the department of Petén. The site was once a capital of the region and at the height of its power the kingdom covered around 1,500 square miles (3,885 square km).
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.
What to Bring
Sunscreen, camera, comfortable shoes, hat, and money for food, drinks, personal expenses, handicrafts, and tipping the guide-driver.
Transportation, entrance fee, bilingual guide, and lunch.
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The drive to reach Dos Pilas was quite the adventure. Excellent driver. Small site. More work needed. Enjoyed it.
Challenging site to find by road. We did have to walk last portion as road (horse trail/foot path) was too muddy for vehicle in places. We probably provided the entertainment for the local village for the day.