El Petén Sights


  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Published 03/15/2016

Fodor's Review

The Late Classic ceremonial center of Nakúm lies deep within the forest, connected to Yaxhá via 10 mi (17 km) of jungle trails that are used for dry-season horseback expeditions, SUV trips, or hikes. A number of structures here have been excavated. You can't visit during the rainy season, as you'll sink into mud up to your ankles. Even during the dry season, a four-wheel-drive vehicle with high clearance is a good idea. Explorer Alfred Tozzer rediscovered Nakúm in 1909, and began to assign certain structures descriptive names, some of which may not be accurate.

Sight Information


16 mi (26 km) east of Tikal and 10 mi (17 km) north of Yaxhá, Guatemala

Published 03/15/2016


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