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El Petén Sights

Dos Pilas

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Updated 09/03/2013

Fodor's Review

Dos Pilas is about 7 mi (12 km) west of the northern end of Lake Petexbatún. The nearest town is Sayaxché. Dos Pilas was founded in 640 AD by nobles from Tikal who fled Tikal after it was conquered by Calakmul. Most impressure of the ancient structures found here are limestone staircases and stelae covered with carvings that recount the battles against other city-states in the region, including Tikal. Unlike most other Mayan cities, this one was surrounded by a defensive wall. Dos Pilas was abandoned the late 8th century AD. This is not an easy, or inexpensive, destination to reach. In Sayaxché, you may be able to organize transportation by boat and horseback.

Sight Information


Dos Pilas, Sayaxché, Guatemala

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 6–6

Updated 09/03/2013


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