Why visit Yaxha: Combination of the ruins and nature makes this place simply breathtaking.
Yaxha (or Yaxhá in Spanish orthography) is a Mesoamerican archaeological site in the northeast of thePetén Basin region, and a former ceremonial center and city of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. Yaxha was the third largest city in the region and experienced its maximum power during the Early Classic period (c. AD 250–600).
The city is located on a ridge overlooking Lake Yaxha. The name of the city derives from the Mayan for "blue-green water"; it is a notable survival of a Classic period place-name into the modern day. The Yaxha kingdom is estimated to have covered an area of 237 square kilometers (92 square mi) and to have had a peak population of 42,000 in the Late Classic period of Mesoamerican chronology.
Yaxha had a long history of occupation with the first settlement being founded sometime in the Middle Preclassic period (c. 1000–350 BC). It developed into the largest city in the eastern Petén lakes region during the Late Preclassic (c. 350 BC – AD 250) and expanded into an enormous city during the Early Classic (c. AD 250–600).At this time, in common with other sites in Petén, it shows a strong influence from the distant metropolis of Teotihuacan in the Valley of Mexico. It was eclipsed during the Late Classic (c. AD 600–900) by neighboring Naranjo but was never completely dominated. The city survived well into the Terminal Classic (c. 800–900) but was abandoned by the Postclassic period (c. 900–1525).
The ruins of the city were first reported by Teoberto Maler who visited them in 1904. The site was mapped in the 1930s and again in the 1970s and stabilization work began in the late 1980s. The ruins include the remains of more than 500 structures with a number of major archaeological groups linked by causeways. Approximately 40 Maya stelae have been discovered at the site, about half of which feature sculpture.
Bus Arrival from Guatemala City: 6:30 a.m.
Plane Arrival from Guatemala City: 7:30 a.m.
Upon arrival to Flores, our representative will be waiting for you and transfer you to the Yaxha National Park.
8:00 a.m. - Start of our transfer to Yaxha, duration approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
9:30 a.m. - Upon arrival to Yaxha, we start our walking tour.
Arrival to the Yaxhá archaeological site, where recently TV-hit CBS show “Survivor” was filmed. Yaxhá is the third largest city of the Maya World in the Late Classic period.
You can enjoy excursions to the pyramids and structures restored through the jungle trails. Along the way: bird watching, plants recognizing and encounters with the famous howler and spider monkeys.
In Yaxha National Park we will be visiting the following locations:
Astronomical Minor Complex, Avenue of the Pilgrims, Square Columns, Patio IV of the South Acropolis, Big Astronomical Complex, Residential Group, Watery Avenue, building group Maler, North Acropolis, Plaza of The Birds, The Causeway, Twin Pyramid Complex and the Temple of the Red Hand (structure 216).
After our sightseeing, we transfer to the restaurant.
1:30 p.m. - Lunch in a restaurant.
3:30 p.m. - Departure from the park to the airport/hotel/bus. (if time permits we will visit the island of Flores)
5:30 p.m. - Return to the Mundo Maya Airport, to the bus station or to your hotel