Points of Interest & Landmarks
Top Attractions in Peten Department
What travellers are saying
- This was the perfect little hang out spot! There were two different rope swings and a platform to jump from. “La familia” is super nice and has a great little cafe with drinks and a few snacks! Overall an amazing little gem in Flores.Written 13 April 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Great day at Tikal. We had a fantastic tour and shuttle service booked via Los Amigos Hostel in Flores (great value of money). Our guide Jose was very knowledgable and friendly. We mentioned about our love for wildlife, in particular the toucan (which we had failed to see in Belize) and he went above and beyond to find them. We ended up seeing lots and it was a fantastic added bonus. The ruins are spectacular and definitely worth a visit, especially with a guide to give information on the history and culture of Guatemala.
We would recommend the earlier the tours, as it does get very warm with the sun beating down on you at midday.Written 8 August 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- uaxactun!!!! Absolutely brilliant went for onr day stayed for six. Really chilled out town and the ruins are amazing especially the temple of masks. Thanks tonerbin, Mirna and Tina (comida super xhingona) and Sergio, Carol and haymen (hospedaje ching on) for making it such a relaxed trip. You can wander the ruins and jungles freely.
me paso super bien en uaxactun trip arrrvisor gracias a Erbin (guia y alcalde) , Mirna and Tina por la comida tan xhingona y a Sergio, Carol and Haymen for el hospedal y a toda la gente del tortillaria donde inventabamos a "Agustinillo" (empanada de queso. amRecomendo que todos visita a este pueblito tan chingonaWritten 18 May 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We visited this park with 19 family members from 3 to 75 years of age and everyone found something to enjoy - hammocks to rest in, a good hike up the hills and across multiple suspension bridges with great views of the jungle, a zipline and the interesting swing/merry go round.Written 8 January 2020
- From the 15th to the 19th of July 2022, we hiked from la carmelita to the site of el mirador. In 5 days we got to see an amazing part of Guatemala, full of fauna and flora you never thought you would see in such a natural habitat.
Thanks to the organization of Dinastía Kan, their amazing guids, cooking equipe and donkey handlers, we had an amazing time. The whole trip was supplied with enough, and more important, very good food (muy rico!). We always felt safe, knew what we could or couldn't do and got a lot of information along the way. Every question you ask them, is answered with a smile. Upfront we got all the information we needed to get us through those 5 days, meaning from beginning to end everything was arranged. Of course you do have to get over the heat and mosquitos, but you get a lot in return. I highly recommend this organization and want to give a big shout out to the people who guided us. Thanks Walter, Hannibal, José Hannibal, Rudi, Azucena, Luciana!Written 20 July 2022
- Yaxha is the better Tikal. It is not so crowded, it is located at the lake and still the ruins are impressive.
Also, many ruins have not yet been excavated. Yaxha is 1 hour drive from the lake Peten Itza. Of course Yaxha is not as big as Tikal, and in 3-4 hours you have seen everything, but there is no more beautiful sunset than from Pyramid 216. The view over the jungle overlooking the lake - priceless.
I loved it and I can recommend it anytime.Written 2 May 2022
- This was an amazing experience in the middle of the jungle. Plenty of wildlife and trails. Friendly people. The ruins and viewpoints were breathtaking.Written 5 May 2021
- We did the "Expedition exploring the rainforest (3 days / 2 nights)" tour and it was amazing, the nature in the Parque National Laguna del Tigre and around the Estación Biológica Las Guacamayas is just amazing. We loved the different activities, the trekking and to stay at the lodge itself: the staff is so lovely, the rooms are simple and big but with a lot of nice details (depending in which „animal“ room you are located…) and the food is just delicious!
Our guides Cornelio (bilingual, primary English for us) and Romulo (Spanish) were great, these guys know the flora and fauna at this national park and they have passion for it, a lot of passion!
We thank the whole team at Estación Biológica Las Guacamayas for three great days and absolutely recommend to go there.Written 6 January 2020
- I'll definitely go back and enjoy the amazing experience!!!
Regge was a great tour guide very professional and kind man who helped me had a wonderful experience...Written 10 April 2022
- Cathedral as any other the history how it was built and that the whole island is built on Mayan ruins is interesting but Cathedral it self nothing special.Written 29 April 2021
- Tikal is breathtakingly beautiful. To think that ancient people built those pyramids in the jungle with mostly hard work, good knowledge of physics and natural resources is humbling.
The place is wondrous, magical, serene and extraordinary. I do not know why it is not one of the wonders of the world. It tops several places I know are on that list.Written 15 July 2018
- This was an interesting way to be able to view animals from this region in a natural setting and was especially interesting in that they were rescued animals.Written 1 July 2020
- One word: iconic. A fully restored funerary pyramid of king Jasaw Chan K'awil that flanks the eastern side of the Great Plaza. Great views of the monument can be had from the Northern Acropolis as well as from Temple II, it can also be viewed from the east plaza and the Palace. Its roof comb is visible from every major pyramid in the city as it rises to 154 feet, which's more than time and a half the height of El Castillo at Chichen Itza. Awesome.Written 19 April 2021
- We were skeptical but found it enthralling. The clarity of the water is amazing and the underwater "forest" was breathtaking. We visited at very high water and in COVID times so we had it almost to ourselves. Our boat captain said he's seen up to 30-40 boats there in the past -- and the pool itself is relatively small. No changing facilities at the site so come prepared. We came the "long way" from Sayaxche -- an hour or so each way. Beautiful scenery, lots of birdlife and even a few crocodiles. We were told that it was safe to swim in the Blue Crater because the crocs don't like the clear water -- too hard for them to hunt. Most boats take the shorter route (15-20 minutes) from Las Cruces but we loved the more scenic voyage.Written 14 December 2021
- This little island reachable by lancha (small private boat) hosts a small and enjoyable museum with a collection of Mayan objects from the nearby ruins. Then you can follow the Lonely Planet advice and get a chilled drink at the bar.Written 26 February 2018
Frequently Asked Questions about Peten Department
- The best outdoor activities in Peten Department according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- Ixpanpajul Nature Park
- Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park
- Cerro Biotope Cahui
- Maya Biosphere Reserve
- Estación Biológica Las Guacamayas
- The best day trips from Peten Department according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- Tikal Day Trip with Local Lunch from San Ignacio
- Tikal VIP Private Day Tour from Flores all-Inclusive
- Tikal Guatemala
- Discover Tikal, The Greatest Mayan City Of Guatemala By Air From Antigua
- Tikal Private Day Tour Maya Adventure from Flores