El Petén: Places to Explore

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Lake Petexbatún

This impressive rain-forest lagoon was the seat of a 6th-century kingdom that extended south as far as the Verapaces and east to present-day Belize. It was ruled by a power-hungry prince whom historians designate simply as Ruler I. He is thought to have fled Tikal and engaged in battles for territory from two twin capitals, Dos Pilas and Aguateca.

Lake Petexbatún at a Glance

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