- Tikal is usually ranked as the most impressive of all Mayan sites. You'll never forget the jungle setting, rich with wildlife and birds.
- Tikal is the best known, but hardly the only important Mayan site in El Petén. El Mirador was a giant city-state, perhaps larger than Tikal, and in the Mirador Basin are the remains of at least four other centers, including Nakbé, El Tintal, Xulnal, and Wakná.
- The island town of Flores has a charming European feel, with red-roof houses and cobblestone streets.
- The indigenous population creates countless kinds of handicrafts. There's an open-air market in Santa Elena, and Flores has a number of little shops. The village of El Remate is known for its unique wood carvings, and the border town of Melchor also has shops catering to tourists.
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