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Uaxactun

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Uaxactun is in Peten of Guatemala.

Understand

Uaxactun is an ancient ruin of the Maya civilization, just north of Tikal.

History

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

Landscape

Jungle

Flora and fauna

Howler Monkeys, Spider Monkeys, Ant-Eaters, Birds, deer, jaguars, coatimundis.

Climate

Tropical

Get in

Take a bus from the market in Santa Elena at 2pm (it passes through Tikal around 5pm - 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 need to 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 6am, so you´ll need to spend the night if you go by bus.

Fees/Permits

Entry is Q25 or $3.50 US (May 2008).

Get around

Walk

See

Mayan Ruins, Animals, Birds. A community of Chicleros (gum collectors) currently 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.

Do

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.

On Dec 21, 2012 the Maya calendar located at Uaxactun will complete its final cycle. Tourists planning to commemorate the milestone will be camping out on this evening during the winter solstice at the ruins in conjunction with the Guatemala tourism board.

Buy

Nothing

Eat

What you bring

Drink

What you bring

Sleep

  • Alicia's Guesthouse.

Lodging

Camping

In your hammock or tent.

Backcountry

Stay safe

Carry a hiking stick; if you don´t use it for hiking it might be useful to defend yourself from wild animals!

Get out

Bus (5 and 6am) or private transport.



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