Rapidly gaining in popularity and now
second behind Tikal as the most popular archaeological
site in the region ....
Yaxhá is situated on the shores
of the beautiful Yaxhá lagoon, home of Morelettcrocodiles,
and half-way between Flores and the Belize-Guatemalen
Border. Yaxhá was the location for Survivor, a US TV program aired in 2005.
Yaxhá, which translates to "Blue Green Waters", sits between two beautiful lakes. The climb up many of its Temples, yields beautiful views of both the lakes and the Rio Azul river that feeds them.
Occupied from 600BC to 900AD, the site offers a variety of construction styles. It is famed for its organized street structure, unique to the Mayan world, and Stelae which are influenced by Mexico's Teotituacan.
There are several complexes excavated, the most famed of which is the North Acropolis. This Plaza contains three tall temples with unparalleled views of the surrounding rain forest and lakes. The Plaza of the Shadows and the Astronomical Plaza are both examples of the Mayan ability to chart the skies.
Both spider monkeys and howler monkeys
inhabit the area. In particular, the howler monkeys
add quite an element to the experience of seeing these
ruins. So named because of their lion like howl or
roar, hearing these animals throughout the afternoon
is a constant reminder that you are in the jungle. Lake View
After an afternoon of exploring the ruins, walk down
to nearby Lake Yaxhá for a swim.
Getting To Yaxhá ....
Yaxhá is located between Tikal and the Belize border and you can stop by for a visit on your way to Tikal.