Uaxactun Guatemala is an ancient sacred Mayan site, just north of the ruins of Tikal and our hotel in Tikal National Park. It is located close to a small village, and like Yaxha receives fewer visitors and has less crowds that the larger Tikal. Uaxactun was inhabited for hundreds of years before going to war with nearby Tikal. After losing the war, Uaxactun was absorbed into Tikal, adding to the larger city’s dominance in the Mayan world.
Uaxactun is home to one of the oldest known astronomical observatories, as well as unique archeological discoveries, like the longest known carved mask, and more.
Visiting at any time of year is a transformative experience, as you’ll find yourself surrounded by remote ancient ruins, but the equinox is a special time here! During both the Spring and Fall equinox, Mayan spiritual leaders celebrate the passing of time, with dances in traditional dress and celebrations.
For those seeking a little extra excitement or something to do at night in the rainforest, the canopy tour is now available at night! Daily from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. If you're visiting during a full moon, you won't want to miss this moonlit adventure.
Located 23 km to the north of Tikal, Uaxactun has medium and large structures with a similar style to those found at Tikal. It is a site famous for its Maya observatory and for its annual equinox festival, as well as a fantastic panoramic view of the jungle from the top of its main temple. Its name means “Eight Stones”, and it is a great complement for those also visiting Tikal.
Private tour, with a duration of about 4 hours, minimum 2 people.
Get a bird’s eye view of Tikal National Park! Zoom through the jungle canopy on a network of zip lines. You will soar between the trees on secure lines with top quality equipment.