4 Must Visit Mayan Ruins in Guatemala

I recently traveled through Guatemala for two weeks and seen with many locations. This past year, what attracted me to Guatemala has been that 2012 is the year of the Mayans. You will find far more then ruins in Guatemala, the majority of which are located in the Petén Basin’s area.

4 Must Visit Mayan Ruins in Guatemala

Zaculeu

Quirigua

There are dozens and dozens of ruins hundreds more are still buried beneath dense forest. It is very costly to excavate, restore, and keep the ruins. Listed below are just four ruins in Guatemala that you can’t miss!

Yaxha

This is thought of as the the white city and unlike the majority of the Mayan ruins many people visit, Zaculeo is located on the very outskirts of the little-known city of Huehuetenango in Guatemala, which will be roughly a 1-hour drive from Mexico.  The website is a must visit if you want to experience another kind of structure that is Mayan and dates back to the Classic period of the Mayans.  It served as the capital of their Mam Kingdom out of AD 250-600. The word Zaculeu means”white ground in Mam. What sets it apart is that the the material the Mam utilized to construct their city- a rock entirely different than any other website. The website is no where as large as Tikal or even Yaxha but it’s a place that is beautiful yet.

4 Must Visit Mayan Ruins in Guatemala

Tikal

This is the first Mayan ruin I seen and I was literally blown away by its beauty. Unless your going trigger happy it shouldn’t take to find that website. Tip: scale structure number 6, which is the tallest, and from that point you get great views of the whole website.

4 Must Visit Mayan Ruins in Guatemala

Is different from what most folks would consider to be a website. Instead of the tall pyramids, Quirigua includes stelas, or tall rock carvings that have been around for over 1,300 years.  The region was inhabited since approximately 400 BC, which is considered the overdue age of the Mayans. Are believed to have come from Tikal.  Quirigua is situated in roughly a drive to Honduras the southeastern part of Guatemala and approximately 2 hours from Guatemala City.

4 Must Visit Mayan Ruins in Guatemala

The must see here is Stela D. As it had been discovered toppled on the floor It’s the most intact stela. The figure depicted in Stela D is King K’ak Tilw Chan, that had been the”kings of kings” in Quirigua. His claim to fame was that his defeat of the rebellious city of Copan (in Honduras). Inside the website you can observe the acropolis, which can be absolutely intact and across from it you could observe that the quarters of the rulers of their city.

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Was first introduced into the mainstream people in 2005 as it had been selected as the location to sponsor the American TV series”Survivor: Guatemala- The Mayan Empire”.  It has now become a popular attraction as it’s just half an hour from the Guatemala/Belize boundary for those traveling via the Petén Basin and also for tourists in Belize. The title stems from the river which provided the city its water supply.

4 Must Visit Mayan Ruins in Guatemala

This may be thought of as a smaller variation of Tikal. Yaxha its a vast complex with more but many of its pyramids continue to be covered by the forest. Both ball courts as well as the stelas are beautiful and shouldn’t be missed. There’s a segment using three pyramids. An individual could be increased, however you need to be careful and walk into a zig-zag fashion. Find out about the best firms to keep you protected while you travel at companyreviews.com.

Many people come to Yaxha from the afternoon hours before the sun sets because it is possible to catch views of one of the best sunsets over Lake Yaxha. You have the sufficient time to visit another complex that is Mayan and if you’re visiting Tikal , then I suggest that you visit Yaxha.

Needs no introduction. It is the soul and heart of the Mayan universe in Guatemala.  It is for being a pure wonder and man-made wonder, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many people go to the Petén Basin’s area to pay a visit to Tikal. Tikal has been a giant city that dates back to the year 200 AD.  It was later abandoned in the year 900 AD, which falls beneath the Mayans’ traditional phase. They state the city has been left because of a drought that drove the people of Tikal to leave and seek water supplies everywhere. Tikal is a monumental complex that requires to see in its entirety.

4 Must Visit Mayan Ruins in Guatemala

Only a fraction have been excavated, although several thousand structures are in Tikal. Every single time you find a hill in Tikal  this implies there’s underneath that has not yet been uncovered, a pyramid. The very notable Temples are 2, 1, 3, 4, and 5.

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Temple 1 and 2 face one another and are the most iconic. You can scale Temple 2 and from that point get amazing pictures of Temple 1 and the acropolis. Temple 5 really is still a beauty, but once I seen the staircase were under construction. Temple 3 is stunning but they are still currently removing overgrown plants out of its base. Temple 4 can be still covered in forest but they have built a stairway that takes you towards the top of it all, and from that point you are able to get the ideal picture of Temples 1, 2, 3 and 5 as well as the dense forest surrounding them.

You’ll hear Howler monkeys in the 14, as you walk around the complex. They’re the owners of the jungle. It if you never seen Guatemala if you do not visit Tikal. It’s really a can’t-miss location and worth at least a day.

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I hope you enjoyed this post about a culture that I fell in love with while in Guatemala. The Mayans’ culture is an early one, however it’s still alive also. They are in Guatemala and are the real owners of their land. From the year 2020 that the Guatemalan authorities plans to have all the missing pyramids of those Mayans uncovered. There’ll be cities more beautiful steles to behold, and hopefully more insight gained into the special people that have lived here for centuries.

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