Welcome to Santa Elena

If you're up for a little DIY adventure, head 4km outside town to the Mulchic pyramid; locals can tell you how to get there.

Santa Elena makes a great base to explore the nearby ruins of Uxmal, Kabah and those along the Ruta Puuc.

Top experiences in Santa Elena

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Santa Elena activities

$114 Day Trips & Excursions


 The Tour will start at 5:00 am from Flores, Petén.We will pick up you at the lobby of your hotel in Santa Elena, Petén, or in front of the Hotel Ramada in Flores Island, Petén or At the Mundo Maya International Airport, Petén.Later we will go to the National Park Tikal, and observe birds in the humid tropical lowland forests surrounding the world famous ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal.The species you will appreciate:  Ocellated Turkey, Toucans, Green Parrots, and a great variety of birds, Our Tour is specializing in birding, nature, and nature photography.The tour have a time lapse of 4 hours, later we will return to Flores, Petén.

$375 Day Trips & Excursions

One Day Tour to Tikal from Guatemala City

Before the sun rises, you will have to be at “La Aurora” airport to catch the local flight that lasts about 30 minutes, and will take you to the “Mundo Maya” airport in Santa Elena, Petén. There, you will take a vehicle that is going to take you to the Mayan place of Tikal. The archaeological place of Tikal was the first political entity of the ´classic period´. It was a `city-state’ that dominated and area of approximately 2, 500 km2. In 1848 Colonel Don Modesto Méndez did the first recognition of this place and now Tikal is a Cultural Heritage, declared by UNESCO because of its high architectural, ma thematic, urban, commercial, and agricultural development.In the last part our visit, you will have a picnic near Tikal. Then you will go back to the Mundo Maya airport to take the flight that will take you back to Guatemala City.