El Peten

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  • 1. Tikal

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Although the region was home to Mayan communities as early as 600 BC, Tikal itself wasn't established until sometime around 200 BC. One of the...Read More

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  • 2. Biotopo Cerro Cahuí

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    With around 1,500 acres of rain forest, Biotopo Cerro Cahuí near El Remate is one of the most accessible wildlife reserves in El Petén. It protects...Read More

  • 3. Canopy Tours Tikal

    Tour–Sight

    The fun folks at Canopy Tours Tikal have expeditions that take you to the true heart of the rain forest—not on ground level, but more than 100...Read More

  • 4. Ceibal

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Upriver about 10 miles (17 km) from Sayaxché are the impressive ruins of Ceibal, frequently rendered "Seibal" in English. The site takes its...Read More

  • 5. Dos Pilas

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Dos Pilas is about 7 miles (12 km) west of the northern end of Lake Petexbatún. The nearest town is Sayaxché. Dos Pilas was founded in 640 AD...Read More

  • 6. Ecotourism & Adventure Specialists

    Tour–Sight

    This company's professionally run tours include an option for hotel pickup in Flores in the morning, and then hotel drop-off in the late afternoon...Read More

  • 7. El Centro de Conservación e Investigación de Tikal

    Museum/Gallery

    Founded in 2012, the Center of Conservation and Research is a collaboration with the government of Japan. There's a small exhibition and info...Read More

  • 8. El Mirador

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    El Mirador, once equal in size and splendor to Tikal, may eventually equal Tikal as a must-see Mayan ruin. It's just now being explored, but...Read More

  • 9. El Museo Lítico

    Museum/Gallery

    El Museo Lítico or Stelae Museum has stelae (commemorative stone slabs) found at Tikal and interesting photos from early archaeological excavations. ...Read More

  • 10. El Museo Tikal

    Museum/Gallery

    El Museo Tikal has a replica of Ha Sawa Chaan K'awil's burial chamber and some ceramics and bones from the actual tomb (the jade, however, is...Read More

  • 11. El Zotz

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    El Zotz is where you'll find the remnants of a Mayan city, guarded by bats and monkeys and a few park guards. On a clear day you can see the...Read More

  • 12. EM Tours

    Tour–Sight

    These guides provide private and small group tours, including sunrise tours, with a bounty of knowledge to share....Read More

  • 13. Ixpanpajul Parque Natural

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Ixpanpajul Parque Natural is a private nature reserve sitting on a large stand of primary rain forest. Hiking the suspended bridges of the skyway...Read More

  • 14. Kinkajou Kingdom and ARCAS

    Zoo/Aquarium

    Take a 10-minute boat ride across the lake to the wonderful exhibit Kinkajou Kingdom, featuring the big-eyed honey-bear cuties, as well as spider...Read More

  • 15. Nakúm

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The Late Classic ceremonial center of Nakúm lies deep within the forest, connected to Yaxhá via 10 miles (17 km) of jungle trails that are used...Read More

  • 16. Punta de Chimino

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Southwest of the town of Sayaxché is the remains of the fortress of Punta de Chimino, 2½ miles (4 km) north of Aguateca. It was the last residence...Read More

  • 17. Uaxactún

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The 4,000-year-old city of Uaxactún once rivaled Tikal's supremacy in the region. It was conquered by Tikal in the fourth century and lived...Read More

  • 18. Yaxhá

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Yaxhá is part of the Yaxhá-Nakúm-Naranjo Natural Monument. Though less expansive than Tikal, many report preferring its intimacy to Tikal. It...Read More

  • 19. Centro de Información sobre la Naturaleza, Cultura, y Artesanía de Petén

    Information Center

    In the 1800s, before it was a departure point for travelers headed for the ruins, Flores was called Devil's Island because of the prison on...Read More

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