This tour takes you to Uaxactún, one of the oldest Maya cities in Guatemala. Uaxactún is notable for its astronomical observatory, and is thought to be the place where Mayans began developing their calendar.
- 8 hrs
- Available Days:
- Every day
- 8:00 AM
- Hotel Transport Included
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
Uaxactún came about around 600 BC. The city reached its height between 350 BC and 250 AD, and it was during this time that many of its structures were built.
There are several partially restored temples here that travelers will enjoy seeing. Three of these temples function as an astronomical observatory, and are precisely structured to align with the sun on certain days of the year. Another temple has a base that may date to around 2,000 BC. It's all very impressive.
Uaxactún is located 14 miles (23 km) north of Tikal. It's a lesser-visited, but no less interesting, site than Tikal. This tour departs from the Flores-Santa Elena area.
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
The remote Mayan site of Uaxactún is located 14 miles (23 km) north of Tikal. Although substantially smaller than Tikal, the ruins at Uaxactún nonetheless offer an interesting look at ancient Mayan culture. A notable feature here is an astronomical observatory.
Read more:Uaxactún Archaeological Site
What to Bring
Sunscreen, camera, comfortable shoes, hat, and money for food, personal expenses, handicrafts, and tipping the guide/and or driver.
Transportation to/from Flores-Santa Elena area, bilingual guide, entrance fee, and box lunch.
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The landscape surrounding Tikal changes dramatically as the sun begins to set. This tours lets you see the beginnings of the evening creep in, as nocturnal animals begin their daily routines, between 6 and 8 pm. Best of all, the angle of the setting sun illuminates parts of the canopy that you can’t fully appreciate during full daylight.