Central America

Flores, Guatemala

Flores Guatemala is a small island village on Lake Petén in the northern Petén region of thr country. We stayed there on our way back from Tikal.  while I wouldn’t have set out to go there without a trip to Tikal, it is a cute little town with colorful buildings and great sunsets.  The streets are charming and there are pretty sunsets.  We had a great view of Flores from the airplane on our trip from Belize City.

Yaxha, Guatemala

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Yaxha a Mesoamerican archaeological site of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. Yaxha was the third largest city in the region and experienced its maximum power during the Early Classic period (250–600 CE).

Yaxha’s first settlement was founded sometime in the Middle Preclassic period (c. 1000–350 BCE). The ruins of the city were first reported by Teoberto Maler who visited them in 1904. The ruins include the remains of more than 500 structures with a number of major archaeological groups linked by causeways. Approximately 40 Maya stelae have been discovered at the site, about half of which feature sculptures.

Tikal – Guatemala

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Tikal is the ruin of an ancient city, which was likely to have been called Yax Mutal, found in a Guatemala rainforest. It is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centers of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. UNESCO declared the site a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Tikal was one of the most powerful kingdoms of the ancient Maya.

Some monumental architecture dates back as far as the 4th century BC, but Tikal was most powerful in the Classic Period, c. 200 to 900 CE.

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