- 6 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
Learn about the Mayan culture at Uaxactun, located at the heart of the Mayan world in north-central Guatemala. Tour the archaeological site with a knowledgeable guide and discover its famous observatory, where it is believed the Mayan calendar was developed. You’ll view several architectural complexes and discover how the Mayan system of writing was perfected. Box lunch plus round-trip transport from Flores and Santa Elena Peten hotels, or Mundo Maya International Airport, is included.
- All entrance fees included
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Lunch included
- Box lunch
- Professional English- and Spanish-speaking guide
- Round-trip shared transfer
- Entry/Admission - Ruinas de Uaxactun
Flores hotels, Santa Elena Peten hotels or Mundo Maya International Airport
After pickup at the airport or your hotel, you’ll be driven to the archeological site for your guided tour of Uaxactun. Discover the significance behind the ruins of this ancient Mayan city, located in Guatemala’s southern lowlands, just 12 miles (20 km) north of Tikal.
Your guide will enlighten you about the site’s ongoing excavations, which were the first to establish Mayan ceramic styles from approximately 300 BC to the end of the Classic Period (around 900 AD). The artwork at Uaxactún is among the finest in the Mayan world, and a private collection of Mayan ceramics is housed in the onsite museum.
Visit a number of ceremonial buildings, including Temple of the Masks, where giant stucco masks decorate a pyramid with stairways on all four sides. Representing jaguars, turtles, eagles, parrots and other animals sacred to the ancient Maya, the sculptures depict individual rulers and guardians of the region. Admire the impressive stelae carved in the four sides of the stairway, where you’ll also find original red paint.
Also known as an important astronomical site, Uaxactun boasts an observatory in Complex E—built to mark the summer and winter solstices until the city was abandoned in the 10th century. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the ruins, including the ball court, before lunch on site. After your meal, return back to Santa Elena Peten or Flores, with drop-off at your hotel or the airport in the afternoon.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- A minimum of 4 people per booking is required
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.