Welcome to Yaxhá


The site is 11km north of the Puente Ixlú–Melchor de Mencos road, accessed via unpaved road from a turnoff 32km from Puente Ixlú and 33km from Melchor de Mencos.


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$520 Cultural & Theme Tours

Tikal and Yaxha Overnight Trip by Air from Antigua

Day 1: Visit Tikal and Yaxha on this 2-day trip from Antigua! You'll be picked up bright and early from your Antigua hotel and taken to the Guatemala City airport to begin your overnight adventure. Hop on a small plane and set off toward the northern Guatemalan town of Flores. After landing, head straight to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tikal National Park (Parque Nacional Tikal) to begin your tour!Spread out over 341 square miles (550 sq km), Tikal National Park contains thousands of separate ruin structures. Visit the central area of the once great Mayan city with your expert guide and explore various parts of the park, including visit the Central Acropolis, which consists of a maze of courtyards, small rooms and temples. You'll also see Complex Q and R, featuring twin-pyramid complexes with altars set in front of the temples at both complexes.Then, visit Temple I, the Temple of the Grand Jaguar. Built to honor and bury King Moon Double Comb, this 144-foot (44-meter) temple is a small enclosure of three rooms with exterior stairs leading to the top of the steep temple. Near here, visit the equally beautiful Temple II, also known as the Temple of the Masks. After exploring Tikal, enjoy a delicious lunch at the ruin site before heading to your hotel, where you'll enjoy free time to discover the town on your own.Day 2:On your second day, enjoy complimentary breakfast at your hotel before heading southeast to the Mayan archeological site, Yaxha. While here, enjoy the scenic jungle landscape of this unique area overlooking the Yaxha and Sacnab lakes. As you follow your knowledgeable guide around Yaxha, learn about the history of this ceremonial Mayan site, which features more than 500 ancient structures. Spend time visiting various sections of the site, including pyramid temples, ball courts and elevated plazas. After touring the ruins, enjoy lunch before beginning your journey back to Antigua.

$490.57 Cultural & Theme Tours

Tikal and Yaxha Overnight Trip by Air from Guatemala City

Day 1: Visit the Mayan ancient ruins of Tikal and Yaxha on this 2-day trip from Guatemala City! After early-morning pickup from your hotel, head to the Guatemala City airport, hop on a small plane, and set off toward the northern Guatemalan town of Flores. When you arrive, head straight to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tikal National Park (Parque Nacional Tikal) to begin your adventure!Covering more than 341 square miles (550 sq km), Tikal National Park is home to thousands of separate ruin structures. Visit the central area of the once great Mayan city with your expert guide and explore various parts of the park, including visit the Central Acropolis, consisting of a maze of courtyards, rooms and temples. Visit Complex Q and R, featuring twin-pyramid complexes fronted by altars, and tour Temple I, the Temple of the Grand Jaguar. Built to honor and bury King Moon Double Comb, this 144-foot (44-meter) temple is a small enclosure of three rooms with exterior stairs leading to the top of the steep temple. Near here, visit the equally beautiful Temple II, also known as the Temple of the Masks. After exploring Tikal, enjoy a delicious lunch before heading to your hotel, where you can explore the city at your leisure. Overnight: Camino Real Tikal or similarDay 2:Enjoy complimentary breakfast at your hotel before heading southeast to Yaxha, a Mayan archeological site. Take in the scenic jungle landscape of this unique area overlooking the Yaxha and Sacnab lakes as you follow your knowledgeable guide around Yaxha. Learn about the history of this ceremonial Mayan site, which features more than 500 ancient structures, and spend time visiting different sections of the site, including pyramid temples, ball courts and elevated plazas. After this incredible historical tour, enjoy lunch before beginning your journey back to Guatemala City.

$145 Cultural & Theme Tours

2-Day Trip to Tikal and Yaxha Ruins

Day 1: Flores - Tikal Our Local bus will meet you at hotel reception to transfer you in Tikal Park at 4:30am. The transfer will take approximately 1-hour. Once we are there, you will meet a local expert guide who will accompanied you on your half day tour. You will hear interesting and educational experiences of Ruins Temples Palace by such Mayan Remains. Later we'll go back to Flores island. Day 2: Flores - Yaxha Ruins Today at 9am our local private Taxi/van will pick you at your hostel and transfer you in Yaxha Park Ruins for 1.5 hours where you will explore a the amazing ruins in Yaxha archeological site with a local guide

$475 Cultural & Theme Tours

2-Day Trip to Tikal and Yaxha by Air from Guatemala City

Day 1:Itinerary with AVIANCA airlineAV7972 GUA 06:00 AM - FRS 07:06 AM AV7973 FRS 21:09 PM - GUA 22:13 PM *You must be 2 hours before at the airport*Itinerario with TAG airline5U110 GUA 06:30 AM - FRS 07:30 PM 5U111 FRS 18:30 PM - GUA 19:30 PM *You must be 2 hours before at the airport*8:00am: Maya World Tours agent will be waiting for you to drive to Yaxha which will take 1 hour approximately. 9:30am: Arrival at the Interpretation Centre Yaxhá. The tour includes a visit: Complejo Astronómico Menor, Calzada de los Peregrinos, Plaza de las Columnas, Patio IV Acrópolis Sur, Complejo Astronómico Mayor grupo Residencial, la Calzada de la Aguadas, Grupo Maler, Acrópolis Norte, Plaza de los Pájaros, Calzada Este, Complejo de Pirámides Gemelas and El Templo de las Manos Rojas (estructura 216) Lunch break at 1pm. (lunch is not included) 2pm: Departure and transfer to your hotel Casona Del Lago  Day 2:7am: American Breakfast. Our representative will be waiting for you at the lobby of hotel to transfer to Tikal. Our adventure begins by history reminder given to you by your guide besides the model of Tikal, then we will visit some places such as: Complejo Q, La Acrópolis Central, La Acrópolis Sur, La Gran Plaza, el Templo IV and el Complejo el Mundo Perdido. 1pm: Lunch in a restaurant in the middle of the jungle. 3pm: Transfer to hotel in Flores, to the airport or bus terminal.

$99.99 Day Trips & Excursions

Yaxha Day Tour from Flores

Upon pickup at the airport or your hotel, transfer to Yaxha for your guided tour of the complex, one of the most significant archeological sites of Guatemala. Your experienced guide will lead your group around the excavated ruins and offer insight about the Mayan civilization that used many of the 500 structures for ceremonial purposes. Listen as your guide discusses the influence of Teotihuacan on the architecture of Yaxha, including its pyramid temples, ball courts and elevated plazas. Discover the Twin Pyramid Complex (the only one outside of Tikal), also known as the Stelae Plaza. At the East Acropolis you’ll come upon Structure 216, a 100-foot (30-meter) tall pyramid where remains of a temple shrine still stand on its base, making it the highest building at Yaxha.When you reach the astronomical complex within Plaza C, you’ll find Early Classic stelae and a causeway to the city center. Visit the North Acropolis, which dates back to the Late Pre-classic and includes an impressive pyramid in the E-Group complex. Your guide will enlighten you about the various stages of construction and tell about the multiple functions these structures performed. As you explore, marvel at the vast jungle surroundings and views of Lake Yaxha, seen from the summit of one of the temples. After touring the ruins, enjoy lunch on site before beginning your journey back to Santa Elena Peten or Flores, with drop-off at your hotel or the airport in the late afternoon.

$100 Day Trips & Excursions

Yaxha Day Tour:

The city was 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 sq mi) and to have had a peak population of 42,000 in the Late Classic period.The Yaxhá-Nakum-Naranjo circle is considered the "best kept secret of the Maya World", it covers a total area of 37.160ha and is part of the Reserve Maya Biosphere. To the west is the Tikal National Park, and north is the Biological Corridor Tikal-Mirador-Rio Azul.Arrival at the Interpretation Centre Yaxhá. The tour includes the visit of Astronomical Minor Complex, Avenue of the Pilgrims, Square Columns, Patio IV of the South Acropolis, Big Astronomical Complex, Residential Group, Watery Avenue, group Maler, North Acropolis, Plaza of The Birds, The Causeway, Twin Pyramid Complex and the Temple of the Red Hand (structure 216).

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