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Maya ruins in Guatemala


Maya ruins in Guatemala

  • El Mirador ? massive early Maya site, perhaps the cradle of Maya civilization. Still being uncovered and studied; less developed for visitors than the other largest Maya sites.
  • Tikal ? long considered the largest of Maya ruins (although the ongoing investigations of El Mirador may challenge this claim), this huge and impressive ancient Maya site is probably worth the trip to Guatemala by itself. Stay in the park or in nearby Flores the night before in order to organise a early morning trip to Tikal, to see the sun rise over the ruins. Tours are easily organised from the surrounding areas.
  • Aguateca — some of the best-preserved Mayan ruins in Guatemala where you are more likely to encounter archaeologists at work than tourists with cameras
  • El Peru (Waká) — a three day trek/boat trip from Flores and identified as the source of many looted Maya artifacts
  • Iximché — ruins in the Central Highlands, an easy day trip from Guatemala City or Antigua.
  • Nakúm — an impressive Classic Maya site
  • Yaxhá — ruins with more than 500 structures, between Flores and Melchor de Mencos

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