The Archaeologic Site at Yaxha
Trip Start May 07, 2007
10Trip End May 24, 2007
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from the verdant grip of the jungle.
The city/site has more than 500 structures including 40 stelae, 13 Altars, 9 temple pyramids and a network of causeways. Many of the temples are still not fully excavated and you can only see mounds which still have to be cleared of vegetation and dirt.
Yaxha was a bustling Mayan trade and ceremonial hub located about 20 miles from Tikal, one of the greatest centers of Mayan culture. It is now within the largest protected area in Guatemala, the “Maya Biosphere,” which includes Tikal National Park and a series of smaller national parks and protected areas. More than 1,500 years ago, Mayan priest-kings built scores of pyramids just tall enough to poke above the jungle here and reach the cooling breezes of the lake. They also carved stone monuments, constructed handball courts, and laid out the streets of their city in a grid pattern.