Tikal

Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park, located 63 kilometers from Flores, is the most famous and frequently visited of Petén’s archeological sites. The combination of its gargantuan temples, diverse wildlife, and historical significance make it a must-see for any visitor to Guatemala. The remnants...
oxlajuj b'aqtun

Oxlajuj Baqtun

In December of 2012, the supposed ‘end of the world’ predicted by ancient Mayan civilizations came and went with great fanfare but no actual planetary demise. The event is composed of the K’iche’ words Oxlajuj, meaning thirteen, and B’aqtun, a period of time measuring 394 years,...
el mirador

The Ruins of El Mirador

Far to the north of Tikal, the jungles of the vast Mirador-Río Azul National Park hold what may be Guatemala’s most historically significant site, the ruins of El Mirador. Arguably the oldest Mayan city in Petén, El Mirador lies between Tikal to the south and Calakmul to the...