ancient sacred place of the Maya civilization, in present-day Guatemala

Uaxactún is in the Peten department of the Northern Lowlands of Guatemala.

The most famous building at Uaxactun

UnderstandEdit

Uaxactún was under the control of Tikal. It is a smaller ruin. There is a modern village on the site, which used to deal in chiclero.

HistoryEdit

Uaxactún is well known for holding the oldest Maya astronomical complex yet to be found in completion. It is one of the longest occupied Maya sites.

LandscapeEdit

Jungle

Flora and faunaEdit

Howler Monkeys, Spider Monkeys, Ant-Eaters, Birds, deer, jaguars, coatimundis. This is north of Tikal Park, but much of the road between it is in the park and the rest looks undeveloped away from town.

ClimateEdit

Tropical

Get inEdit

Take a bus from the market in Santa Elena at 14:00 (it passes through Tikal around 17:00 - times approximate) for Q20, drive, or arrange with one of the tourist agencies in Flores to get there. If you're driving your own vehicle, you must get permission from the Tikal administration office first. A mountain bike could be a good option here also, and they are available for rent in Flores. It is 23 km from Tikal. The bus returns at 06:00, so you must to spend the night if you go by bus.

Two buses each day travel from the bus station at Santa Elena via Tikal, departing at 13:00 and 15:00. They arrive in town at 16:00 and 18:00, respectively. The first morning return bus leaves at 06:00.

Fees and permitsEdit

Entry is Q25 (May 2008).

Get aroundEdit

Walk

SeeEdit

Mayan ruins, animals, birds. A community of Chicleros (gum collectors) live on the site and many of Uaxactun's residents gather chicle, xate palm leaves, and allspice from the forest to make a living. The local community also offers a small archeological museum.

Main portions of the Uaxactun ruins are on either side of the airfield.

DoEdit

Take photos, hike in the jungle. You can hire a local tourism guide (inquire at the OMYC office) to show you around or guide you on hikes or other activities.

Visit the ceramics museum at Campamenhto El Chiclero.

BuyEdit

Nothing

EatEdit

El Chiclero has a restaurant where the food is very good, and there is a comedor in town.

DrinkEdit

Good luck getting anything but Gallo beer.

SleepEdit

  • Alicia's Guesthouse.

LodgingEdit

El Chiclero and Posada Aldana are the places to stay in town. There may be another near the furthest southern end as we entered and rode by in the bus.

CampingEdit

People can camp at El Chiclero in your hammock or tent.

BackcountryEdit

Stay safeEdit

Carry a hiking stick: if you don't use it for hiking it might be useful to defend yourself from wild animals!

Go nextEdit

Bus (05:00 and 06:00) or private transport.

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