mixco viejo

Ruins of Mixco Viejo

The road leading north from Antigua reaches the town of San Lucas Sacatepéquez at the Panamerican Highway. From here, regular micros continue to San Pedro Sacatepéquez and San Juan Sacatepéquez, two similar Kaqchikel towns known for their spacious central parks and unique yellow...
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...
Yaxhá

The Ruins of Yaxhá

The ruins of Yaxhá are 69 kilometers east of Flores above the shores of the Lagunas Yaxhá and Sacnab. Meaning ‘blue-green water,’ impressive Yaxhá is the third largest archaeological site in the country after Tikal and El Mirador. For two months in 2005, international attention...
Quiriguá

The Stelae of Quiriguá

In the heart of the lower Motagua Valley, Quiriguá showcases the remains of an important ceremonial center and trading post that linked the Mayan kingdoms of Tikal and Copán (Honduras). Surrounded by rainforest and banana plantations, the site holds the country’s tallest stelae,...
Iximché

Day Trip to the Ruins of Iximché

Near present-day Tecpán, this ancient city was once the capital of the Mayan Kaqchikel people. Originally friendly with the K’iche’ and their capital at nearby Q’umarkaj, the Kaqchikel quickly grew in power, and the two groups became rivals. The Kaqchikel soon decided to split...
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...