Plaza de las Sombras (Grupo Maler)

El Petén

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

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1. North Acropolis

0.24 MILES

The trio of pyramidal temples at the North Acropolis are built atop older structures dating back to 100 BC. Comprising of seven platforms, the…

2. Greater Astronomical Complex (Plaza F)

0.31 MILES

To the northwest of the site stands one of Yaxhá's most ancient constructions, the Greater Astronomical Complex (Plaza F). The arrangement includes an…

5. Yaxhá

0.41 MILES

The Classic Maya sites of Yaxhá, Nakum and El Naranjo form a triangle that is the basis for a national park covering more than 37,000 hectares and…

6. South Acropolis

0.42 MILES

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

7. Twin Pyramid Complex

0.54 MILES

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…

8. 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…