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Address: Retalhuleu, Guatemala, Guatemala
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2-Day Takalik Abaj: Mayan and Olmec Archaeological Site from Panajachel
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Beautiful ruins, off the beaten path with no tourist crowds

If you love history and archeology, off of the beaten path, you will love Tak Alik Ab'aj (pronounced: talk a leek aba). Getting to the ruins does take travel, depending on where... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2016
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Reviewed 10 August 2016

If you love history and archeology, off of the beaten path, you will love Tak Alik Ab'aj (pronounced: talk a leek aba). Getting to the ruins does take travel, depending on where your coming from, but within the region there are many things to see and do. The ruins themselves are still being excavated. The site dates back to the... More 

Thank Heather V
Queenstown, New Zealand
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Reviewed 20 February 2015

Visited on 18 February 2015. 50 Q to enter per person. Guide provided but they speak only Spanish and you are expected to tip as they receive no wages. As we all spoke some Spanish this was not an issue and our guide; Bernardo, was a wonderful guy. Well informed and funny. The site is located over a series of... More 

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Boxtel, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 17 February 2015 via mobile

These were our first ruins to visit in central america, so I cannot compare them to Tikal or Copan, but I really liked them. Would have not been worth 40-50 dollars each to us, with are the costs when you do the trip with a touroperator, but that's also because we're on a budget. If you speak basic spanish (you... More 

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Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
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Reviewed 24 October 2014

Takalik Abaj is relatively unknown , to far away from the beaten track in Guatemala . Easily accesible is maybe a little bit too much but with a little planning from Quetzaltenango (also known as Xela ) a full day excursion away . When you arrive at the site - get a local tour operator involved in Xela , makes... More 

Guatemala Department, Guatemala
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Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

We simply loved the place. Beautiful, impresive, interesting. Excellent for learning And being in touch with nature.

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Reviewed 4 April 2014

We very much enjoyed our visit to these impressive ruins. They may have changed their policies since the last reviewer visited, because we felt we were given lots of time to look around without being pressured to hurry. If you don't speak Spanish, I'd recommend that you bring someone who does. The site guide speaks only Spanish, so our Spanish... More 

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Lake Atitlan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2012

I was very pleased to visit this Olmec site. The guides are well informed and knowledgeable, the interpretive signs are helpful, and the grounds are well cared for. The only down side was that our guide told me I asked too many questions and was slowing the tour down. I was very interested to learn more, and my questions were... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 12 February 2010

The location of these ancient ruins can be difficult to reach, but it is worth the travel time outside of the big cities. When I arrived a fee was asked. Since it’s not a big attraction very small numbers of people go and a guide is included for no additional price. So the tourist fee is worth every cent. Our... More 

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