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45 miles to the west of Flores, the gateway to the north, lie the archaeological site of Yaxha.

Although not as popular as the much more famous Tikal, this is a worthy visit as you may be the only people there, offering a very different experience from that of wading through crowds of tourists at other similar sites.

One of Yaxha's greatest attractions is its stunning location on a limestone ridge overlooking the tranquil Yaxha Lagoon. The area teems with wildlife and in particular howler monkeys and toucans, which all adds to a special atmosphere.

Although comparatively little is known about this site, its size suggests that it was certainly an important force in the central Mayan region during the Classic period.

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Yaxha is the third largest such site in Guatemala after Tikal and El Mirador.

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