The 10 Best Ancient Ruins in Peten Department, Peten Department

September 29, 2021 Venice Greaves

Discover the best top things to do in Peten Department, Guatemala including Temple IV, Great Plaza, Temple I, Temple II, Yaxha, Temple V, Piedras Negras, North Acropolis, Lost World, El Mirador.

1. Temple IV

Tikal National Park Guatemala
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5.0 based on 788 reviews

Temple IV

If you're up for an energetic climb, ascend the wooden stairs to the top of this 212-foot structure, the highest in Tikal, for a magnificent view of the jungle below.

Reviewed By 73valh

We went here with a tour group. We had a guided tour at this place and it was very insightful. We were able to climb a couple of the temples. They have made their own wooden steps to get to ALMOST the top. The views are incredible.

2. Great Plaza

Tikal National Park Guatemala
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5.0 based on 493 reviews

Great Plaza

Once the ceremonial, religious and social center of Tikal, this plaza is surrounded by huge temples, a palace, sculpted altars and a ball court.

Reviewed By RobertAleksandrowicz - San Jose, United States

The space littered with stelae and altars between Temples I and II on the east-west axis and between the North Acropolis and the place complex on the north-south axis is the Great Plaza, or the new downtown of Tikal because it was built relatively late in its history. What most visitors don't realize is that this plaza is built on a platform that's at least 4 meters high, and from this platform rise the temples and palaces around. The Great Plaza is a must-see for anyone visiting Tikal. Make sure to check the acoustics, but don't just clap. Stand in the middle of the plaza and face directly at the temple I, then the North Acropolis, then Temple 2. Each one will echo your clap.

3. Temple I

Tikal National Park Guatemala
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5.0 based on 294 reviews

Temple I

Reviewed By PandaHouston - Houston, United States

Temples I and II are in a complex. If you climb on Temple II, you get great views of the complex and you can see Temple I. This area is the highlight of Tikal and you definitely want to spend a little bit of time here exploring the area. Unfortunately our guide only gave us 30 minutes here.

4. Temple II

Tikal National Park Guatemala
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5.0 based on 173 reviews

Temple II

Reviewed By RobertAleksandrowicz - San Jose, United States

This is Tikal's Taj Mahal, a temple built by a king to honor his beloved queen. At 138 feet it is the shortest of all the "numbered" pyramids yet still it is 40 feet taller than El Castillo of Chichen Itza. It's a massive looking three-tier pyramid that has been meticulously restored and can be climbed by a wooden staircase accessed behind the monument. If you're with a friend climb the pyramid and have your friend stand in the middle of the plaza and check the acoustics. You can talk to each other in a normal voice and hear each other perfectly. make sure to take look at the roof comb which is very ornate and some of the sculpture is still recognizable after 1400+ years.

5. Yaxha

National Park, Peten Guatemala +502 5966 2315 http://mcd.gob.gt/yaxha
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5.0 based on 379 reviews

Yaxha

Reviewed By 312darshanh - Columbus, United States

On our last free day in Flores, we took a sunset tour to Yaxha National Park with the help of our guide Francisco Florián Escobar. Until our trip we didn’t know Yaxha was the third largest Mayan ruin and was situated in the heart of the rainforest of Guatemala. Francisco was very entertaining and very knowledgeable. He even showed us spider monkeys and grey haired fox. He was also telling us about how Mayan cities were built and how they varied from region to region due to the location of stars. At the end of the trip, we did enjoy a beautiful sunset on top of the Mayan temple.

6. Temple V

Pet 3, Tikal National Park 17001 Guatemala http://www.tikalnationalpark.org/
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5.0 based on 1 reviews

Temple V

7. Piedras Negras

Peten Guatemala
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5.0 based on 6 reviews

Piedras Negras

8. North Acropolis

Tikal National Park Guatemala +502 2251 6224 http://mcd.gob.gt/tikal/
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5.0 based on 1 reviews

North Acropolis

9. Lost World

Tikal National Park Guatemala
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4.5 based on 184 reviews

Lost World

The Lost World complex includes the Great Pyramid, the oldest visible building at the Mayan ruins site in Tikal, now a popular place to watch the sunset and feed the toucans.

Reviewed By LuizDutraNeto - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Visiting "Lost World" is quite an experience! This is the largest ceremonial complex within "Tikal National Park", comprising the "Great Pyramid" and three other temples. The complex dates from the years 300 BC and was probably used for astronomical purposes and also as a royal necropolis. The "Great Pyramid", as the main structure of the complex, is a four sided construction, with staircases on all sides and is 32 meters high. The pyramid-temples of the "Lost World" were built with the use of the "sloping panel" technique and are known, in Spanish, as "Templos Talud-Tablero". Their features resemble those of the "Teotihuacán" pyramids near Mexico City, revealing the intense trade between both pre-Columbian cities. We did not climb up to the top of the "Great Pyramid". Too tired to endure the challenge! Enjoy!

10. El Mirador

Guatemala
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4.5 based on 139 reviews

El Mirador

This ancient Mayan city flourished from 200 BCE to 150 CE, but is largely unseen due to its inaccessibility in the jungle.

Reviewed By HaleyR51 - Colorado, United States

We booked the private 5-day jungle trek to El Mirador, in the heart of the Mayan Biosphere Reserve, with the Cooperativa Carmelita Tour Operator in the small community of Carmelita. We had a fantastic time visiting the archaeological sites of El Tintal, El Mirador, and La Florida. Our local guide, Juan Carlos, was exceptional! He was very knowledgable about Mayan culture and history and also about the flora and fauna we saw along the way (howler and spider monkeys, wild turkeys, coatimundis, grey foxes, jaguar and tapir footprints, and birds galore). We also took along an English speaking guide and friend of ours, Elmer Alvarado (with Tikal VIP Tours), and we highly recommend him as well.

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