Yaxhá
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • a wandering friend
    St. Petersburg, Florida396 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Tikal side trip
    I visited the ruins of Yaxha after I wrapped up 3 days at Tikal. I booked the new tour out of Flores for the sunset and it was about a 7 hour trip. I recommend self guiding vs a guided tour. No water or concessions there and bathrooms are marginal!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 May 2023
  • Richard B
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom4,925 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Truly Awesome
    Yaxha is a truly amazing place to see and not something you just 'add-on' because your at Tikal and want something else to do. Yaxha is a big ticket item in its own right and a 'must do' if you've made it to Tikal. A similar distance from Flores area circa 1 hour and 20. The last part of the road is pretty rubbish but easily passable with care. I was in a budget rental and there were minivans full of tourists easily making the trip. Once there, the visitor centre overlooks the lake and gives you a taster for what awaits. The archaeological area is spread out around beautiful jungle/country. The lake is a place of peace and tranquility and the area also has credentials as a RAMSAR ornithological site too. Not as big as Tikal, however a few scalable vantage points and an extensive enough area to enjoy a quiet, unspoiled area. I would highly recommend a visit if in town.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 February 2024
  • Grzegorz P
    37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sunset at Yaxha
    Another great ruins to explore in Guatemala. Located in forrest, gives a chance to see parrots and monkeys. There are many well preserved temples. Especially a plaza surrounded by 3 really big ones is gorgeous. Near the entry is the temple of red hands with viewpoint on the lake and sunset
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 May 2024
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Grzegorz P
37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Another great ruins to explore in Guatemala. Located in forrest, gives a chance to see parrots and monkeys. There are many well preserved temples. Especially a plaza surrounded by 3 really big ones is gorgeous. Near the entry is the temple of red hands with viewpoint on the lake and sunset
Written 7 May 2024
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Richard B
Edinburgh, UK4,925 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Yaxha is a truly amazing place to see and not something you just 'add-on' because your at Tikal and want something else to do. Yaxha is a big ticket item in its own right and a 'must do' if you've made it to Tikal.

A similar distance from Flores area circa 1 hour and 20. The last part of the road is pretty rubbish but easily passable with care. I was in a budget rental and there were minivans full of tourists easily making the trip.

Once there, the visitor centre overlooks the lake and gives you a taster for what awaits. The archaeological area is spread out around beautiful jungle/country. The lake is a place of peace and tranquility and the area also has credentials as a RAMSAR ornithological site too.

Not as big as Tikal, however a few scalable vantage points and an extensive enough area to enjoy a quiet, unspoiled area. I would highly recommend a visit if in town.

Written 1 February 2024
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mayahma
United States2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Loved the sunset tour to Yaxha, it was peaceful and beautiful. We saw beautiful ruins that we were able to climb up, the vistas were extraordinary! I highly recommend visiting.

Warning: if you do a tour from Flores, I recommend asking the name of your tour guide, if it is Saul, Do not Go! Find a different tour guide. My niece and I and the rest of our group were left on our own, and were reprimanded by Saul like children, we were all spoken to in Spanish, even when we told him that some of the group didn't understand Spanish. He even made fun of most of us! Saul is the tour guide who hates tourists!
Written 27 July 2023
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a wandering friend
St. Petersburg, FL396 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
I visited the ruins of Yaxha after I wrapped up 3 days at Tikal. I booked the new tour out of Flores for the sunset and it was about a 7 hour trip. I recommend self guiding vs a guided tour. No water or concessions there and bathrooms are marginal!
Written 28 May 2023
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Benjamin E
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
We booked the Yaxhá & Topoxté tour from Tikal Go in March.

The tour started in the morning and went until early afternoon. The pick up was at the hotel. After the drive to Yaxhá Lagoon, there was a boat ride to Topoxté and then to Yaxhá itself, where we visited and partially climbed the various temples.

Both sites were great to see, although there was clearly more to see and climb in Yaxhá.

The lunch that followed was also excellent.

Our tour guide Nathaniel and our driver Chavelo were both extremely nice & competent and communicated with us in English without any problems. Gladly again at any time!
Written 30 April 2023
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Michaela E.
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
We booked the Yaxhá + Topoxté tour with Tikal Go.

Since we had already visited Tikal with him the day before, it was fortunately spontaneously possible for us to book our guide Nathaniel another time also for the second tour. Together with our driver Chavelo we were picked up at the hotel in Flores and drove to the Yaxhá Lagoon.

From there we took a boat to Topoxté, where we hiked (by the way completely alone) through the jungle to the ruins. The whole thing was accompanied by legions of howler monkeys. Topoxté is very manageable, and the really worth seeing part was definitely Yaxhá!

Even though temperature & humidity were unfortunately very high on the day of our tour, the fantastic view of the lagoon and the surrounding area from the tops of the temples compensated.

Halfway home we had lunch in a small, very cozy restaurant.

Once again, our guide (Nathaniel) & our driver (Chavelo) deserve special mention. The driving was absolutely relaxed and safe, and the car also left nothing to be desired. All questions that we had about the ruins and all other topics could be answered by our guide great and exciting in flawless English.
Written 29 April 2023
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misstutti2
Antigua, Guatemala288 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
On our second trip to Tikal, my friend and I hired a guide to take us on a private tour to Yaxha. What an incredible place! With most structures unexcavated, it was fascinating to see the many mounds which promised buildings underneath. The excavated ruins, while not as large and dramatic as those at Tikal, are still interesting. ( I would definitely recommend hiring a guide to fully appreciate the history of this quiet place.)

The sound of the howler monkeys and various bird sightings were an added attraction!

I loved just walking in this quiet, uncrowded park where you can just enjoy the atmosphere of the jungle without crowds.
Written 20 February 2023
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Ramadama
New Providence, NJ2,918 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Yaxha was a very nice archeological site. The pyramids and other structures are not as impressive as Tikal. None the less still it was a very nice Mayan city and worth visiting. It was not crowded on our visit and we could easily visit everything and take pictures in 2.5 hours.
Written 21 January 2023
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Ben F
Bloomington, IN1,792 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Want a Tikal-esque experience without the crowds? Yaxha is the way to go. The park staff were generous enough to allow the owner of my lodge, the nearby El Sombrero, to take her four-wheel-drive SUV into the heart of the park so that I could see the incredible ruins without needing to walk too much, which, as someone who normally gets around using an electric wheelchair, was very helpful, since I was exhausted from previously walking a LOT. The fee at the main entrance is very cheap, and any cost to get in will be worth it.

The ruins are structures you just need to see for yourself to extract full value. They were so enchanting and fascinating, and to imagine that only a fraction of all the buildings are currently visible to our eyes today…the city of Yaxha was massive back in the day! And I learned there was a path actually linking Yaxha with Tikal that is now, of course, all buried in flora and trees. The Mayans were extremely resourceful and meticulous, and their urban planning strategies were insane!

Getting to the park will take awhile, both if originating from Flores or the Belize/Guatemala border, but the trek is one of the coolest things you can do in the country. I felt perfectly safe and at ease. Check out this gem as soon as possible! (And maybe keep it a secret from your friends!)
Written 31 December 2022
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Stephen L
Rye, UK31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Solo
I took the sunset tour of Yaxha. We had a pick up from Flores at midday. Nice mix of nationalities though I was the granddaddy of the group. Booked through Adrenalina Tours in Xela, though contracted out to a guide/ operator.

It’s a bumpy and slow last 12km or so along an unmade road. But what awaits you is great. Not on the scale of Tikal but as impressive in its own way. Enjoyable for there being many fewer people about and fun for you being encouraged to climb some of the larger temples - would never be permitted by ‘elf & safety these days in Blighty.

The sunset bit itself is really atmospheric with beautiful views over the lagoon. Again, as enjoyable in its way as sunrise over Tikal.

Thanks to Patrick at Adrenalina for setting me up with this. Would like to acknowledge the guide but can’t remember his name/ company.
Written 3 December 2022
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