Petén Points of Interest and Places to Visit

Petén

Ixpanpajul Natural Park (Parque Natural Ixpanpaul)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

So, you want to explore Guatemala’s subtropical rainforest, but without getting too wild? Ixpanpajul Nature Park offers a several lush and well-maintained ways ...  Read more

Tikal Ruins

4.5 star rating: Recommended 81 Reviews

Once a powerful seat of the Mayan empire, Tikal is now the most famous archeological site in Guatemala and one of the most-visited sets of Mayan ruins in all ...  Read more

El Ceibal

Strategically located above the Pasión River, a once important trade route to the Gulf of Mexico, El Ceibal (also written “Seibal”) is one of the best ...  Read more

Lake Petén Itza

Guatemala’s second largest lake, a sparkling expanse at the heart of the hot, humid Petén Basin, was one of the earliest cradles of Mesoamerican ...  Read more

Uaxactún

Uaxatún (wa-sha-TOON) is best known as the most accurate observatory in the Mayan world. The city was founded centuries before Tikal, and may well be the ...  Read more

Yaxhá

The third-largest archaeological site in Guatemala is not well known, overshadowed by the fame of neighboring Tikal. Archaeologists are only now sorting out ...  Read more

Maya Biosphere Reserve

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 2 Reviews

The vast tropical basin that covers Petén, the northern third of Guatemala, remains largely wild, its jungle-carpeted Mayan cities and traditional ...  Read more

Actún Kan Caves

The limestone bedrock beneath the Petén has been carved by water into beautiful caverns, several of which can be visited. The most impressive and ...  Read more

Aguateca

The little-touristed ruins of Aguateca are worth the long trip for at least three reasons. First, to get here, you’ll traverse Petexbatún Wildlife Refuge, ...  Read more

El Mirador

Worth the effort for adventurous travelers and history buffs, El Mirador is a truly ancient urban center that flourished almost a thousand years before Tikal ...  Read more

Las Guacamayas Biological Station

This research and conservation center seeks to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of Laguna del Tigre National Park in the Maya Biosphere Reserve of ...  Read more

Passion River (Rio La Pasión)

The Rio La Pasión and its tributaries cover nearly 2,000 square miles in Guatemala, forming a diverse ecological zone and a main transportation source. ...  Read more

Petencito Zoo

The Petencito Zoo, located on two small islands just east of Flores, offers visitors the chance to encounter local wildlife such as ocelots, pumas, jaguars, ...  Read more

Petén Forest

This northeast region of Guatemala contains about 30% of the country’s land but only 3% of its population. The area was mostly isolated until the 1960s but ...  Read more

Sayaxché

Sayaxché is a small frontier town southwest of Flores on the Río de la Pasión that acts as a central hub for the many Mayan ruins of the ...  Read more

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