El Petén

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 occupation here, the latter, as late as AD 1450, by a migrant group from the Yucatán Peninsula.

At the bottom of the Calzada del Lago in Yaxhá is the boat landing, from where a boat operator might be willing to take you to Topoxté for around Q250.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby El Petén attractions

1. South Acropolis

1.13 MILES

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

2. Greater Astronomical Complex (Plaza F)

1.14 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. North Acropolis

1.27 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…

6. Lesser Astronomical Complex (Plaza C)

1.31 MILES

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 …

7. Yaxhá

1.32 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…