Uaxactún (wah-shahk-toon), 23km north of Tikal along an unpaved road through the jungle, was Tikal's political and military rival in Late Preclassic times. It was conquered by Tikal's Chak Tok Ich'aak I (King Great Jaguar Paw) in the 4th century, and was subservient to its great sister to the south for centuries thereafter, though it experienced an apparent resurgence during the Terminal Classic, after Tikal went into decline.
Villagers make an income from collecting chicle, pimienta (allspice) and xate (low-growing palm, exported to Holland for floral arrangements) in the surrounding forest. In the xate warehouse at the west end of town, women put together bunches of the plants for export.
Much of the attraction here is the absolute stillness and isolation. Few visitors make it up this way.