Yaxhá attractions

Archaeological Site in Yaxhá

East Acropolis & Structure 216

Near the site entrance is the high point of Yaxhá (literally): Structure 216 in the East Acropolis. Also called the Temple of the Red Hands, because red hand prints were discovered there, it towers over 30m high, af…
Archaeological Site in Yaxhá

North Acropolis

The trio of pyramidal temples at the North Acropolis are built atop older structures dating back to 100 BC. Comprised of seven platforms, the northernmost temple rises above the jungle foliage. As you enter the comp…
Archaeological Site in Yaxhá

Greater Astronomical Complex (Plaza F)

To the northwest of the site stands one of Yaxhá's most ancient constructions, the Greater Astronomical Complex (Plaza F). The arrangement includes an observation tower (unexcavated) facing a three-part platform for…
Museum in Yaxhá

Interpretive Center

A trail from the ticket booth leads down to the lakeshore and the new Interpretive Center, which displays ceramic pieces, musical instruments and jewelry unearthed from the site, along with descriptions of its disco…
Archaeological Site in Yaxhá

Plaza de las Sombras (Grupo Maler)

The Plaza de las Sombras (aka Grupo Maler) is where archaeologists believe throngs of citizens once gathered for religious ceremonies.
Ruins in Yaxhá


On an island near the far (south) shore of Laguna Yaxhá is Topoxté, a Late Postclassic archaeological site, with ruined temples and dwellings – some 100 structures in all. Evidence shows two distinct periods of occu…
Archaeological Site in Yaxhá

Twin Pyramid Complex

This largely unexcavated complex consists of two identical pyramids facing each other across a lawn. Similar to one of the arrangements at Tikal, it is thought to mark the end of an epoch, in this case a katun (20-y…
Archaeological Site in Yaxhá

Lesser Astronomical Complex (Plaza C)

Plaza C, the first group of buildings you come to on entering Yaxhá, is one of a pair of astronomical observatories; the Greater Astronomical Complex (Plaza F) is located to the north of the site.
Archaeological Site in Yaxhá

South Acropolis

A complex of palatial structures from which Yaxhá's aristocracy could watch the games going on in the ball court below.
Archaeological Site in Yaxhá

Northeast Acropolis

An unremarkable part of the site, located to the east of the North Acropolis.