Travel Experta’s Interesting Facts – Jungle, Mayan Ruins and Colorful Towns of the Peten Department of Guatemala

This is the place to see! The Peten Department is home to the most impressive and mightiest Mayan ancient ceremonial cities. Tikal, the main ruin, is located in a tropical forest part of the Maya Biosphere Reserve, full of wildlife and exotic birds that will capture your heart and take you back to the ancient days of the powerful Mayan.

Tikal is without a doubt breathtaking and one of the most magical places of Guatemala, aside from being a nature lover’s paradise. But don’t overlook the other fascinating lost cities of the Maya (Yaxha, El Mirador), and the colorful island town of Flores located on Lake Peten Itza.

Learn more about the ancient Mayan city of Tikal, Guatemala.

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Built entirely on an tiny island in the middle of Lake Peten Itza, Flores is a colorful, pastel, colonial style town with cobblestone streets and restaurants with lake views. From the sky Flores is almost perfectly round and small enough to stroll around by foot.

Can’t Miss This

* Lakeview restaurants
* Walking tour of the colorful city
* Visit Arcas
* Boat tour of Lake Peten Itza

El Remate

Located on the shores of Lake Peten Itza, El Remate is becoming a hot spot before hitting Tikal and other nearby ruins. You’ll find a great selection of hotels and tasty restaurants in this tranquil petite little village.

Can’t Miss This

* Biotopo Cerro Cahua
* Kayaking or canoeing on Lake Peten Itza
* Swim in Lake Peten Itza


The Tikal National Park is one of those Do-Not-Miss destinations. One of the largest Mayan cities to be excavated out of all the Mayan ceremonial sites from Honduras to Mexico. Sitauted in the tropical forest, you’ll have plenty close encounters with monkeys, coatimundis, deer, toucans, and many more wild and exotic animals.

Can’t Miss This

* The two museums: Museo La­tico and Museo Tikal
* Take a tour to get the most of your Tikal experience
* Stay for the sunrise or the sunset

So much TO SEE

Animal Centers

* Petencito Zoo

Parks & Reserves

* Petexbatan Wildlife Refuge
* Lake Peten Itza
* Maya Mountains-Chiquibul Biosphere Reserve
* The Maya Biosphere Reserve
* Biotopo El Zotz’ San Miguel la Palotada
* Reserva Natural Privada Yaxhá
* Mirador Ra­o Azul National Park
* Ri­o Azul
* Naachtun’ Dos Lagunas Biotope
* Laguna del Tigre National Park
* Las Guacamayas Biological Research Station
* Sierra del Lacandon National Park
* Ri­o Usumacinta

Lee más sobre la ciudad maya de Tikal Guatemala.


* Naj Tunich
* Aktun Kan (Cave of the Serpent)
* Ixobel Caves
* Echoing Cave
* Santo DOmingo
* Pusila
* San Miguel, Joboncho, Jovelte
* Cueva de Las Pinturas
* Balam Na
* Petexbaton Area Caves
* Tres Entradas Caves
* Ixla


* Ri­o Mopan Waterfalls

Mayan Ruins

* Tikal
* Yaxha
* El Mirador
* Ceibal
* Aguateca
* Dos Pilas
* Tayasal
* El Zotz
* Topoxto
* Nakum
* La Corona
* Uaxacton
* Nakba, El Tintal, and Wakná
* Piedras Negras

So Much TO DO

Nature & Adventure Activities

* Bird and wildlife watching tours
* Caving
* Spelunking
* Hiking
* Rafting
* Horseback riding
* Inner tubing
* Boat Tours
* Kayaking
* Mountain biking

Less Traveled Cities

* Sayaxcha
* San Jose
* San Andres
* Poptan
* Melchor de Mencos
* Laguna Macanche
* Santa Elena
* San Benito

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5 Responses to Travel Experta’s Interesting Facts – Jungle, Mayan Ruins and Colorful Towns of the Peten Department of Guatemala

  1. Colleen Llywelyn says:

    HI ,
    I am going to be in Guatemala for a CFCA mission trip from March 5th – March 12th, 2011. Then I am planning to stay on till 15th of March. I was wanting to take the tour to Tikal and or Copan out of Guatemala City. I could leave Saturday the 12th or Sunday the 13th, but have to fly out Wednesday the 16th from Guatemala City. Could you let me know what is available?
    Thank you, Colleen Llywleyn 541-515-6424
    1200 Executive Pkwy, Suite 330
    Eugene, OR 97401

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