Uaxactún is an archaeological site and one of the last traditional Petén communities settled in the heart of the Maya Biosphere Reserve since the early1900´s. The site of Uaxactún with its ancient name of Siaan K’aan or Born in Heaven, is located in the north of Petén, Guatemala. Uaxactún also known as Waxactún, was a major Mayan city situated about twelve miles north of the most important Mayan city, in the classic period, Tikal. The ceramic Acropolis Plaza sequence that came out of early work there provided the basis for the entire Maya lowland chronology. The different groups in Uaxactún are also the gold standard in the archaeology nomenclature used in all the Maya sites. The art work in Uaxactún are also among the finest. The earliest examples of the use of Zero by the Maya Culture, are Uaxactún's Stelas 18 and 19, on 357 AD.
Uaxactún is a role model that demonstrates how conservation is more efficient and safe when handled by the local communities, their main beneficiaries.Through controlled extraction, the forest is responsibly exploited and preserved at the same time through collection of products such as all spice, Ramón nuts, Xate Palm and Chicle (chewing gum).Enjoy its unique and diverse natural environment. Walk and discover the archaeological site, full of stories and millennial buildings, and the remains of one of the most important cities of the Maya civilization.Departure from Flores and/or Mundo Maya International Airport to Uaxactún (63 km paved-road + 23 km dirt road).Arrival and welcome drink at Uaxactún. Guided tour through Uaxactún’s main groups, including Group E (Astronomical Observatory).Tour to learn about the production of Xate palm. Continue with guided tour through Uaxactún’s main group. Lunch at a local restaurant.Handcraft demonstration and tasting of products from Ramon fruitReturn to Flores at the end of the tour.