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Uaxatún (wa-sha-TOON) is best known as the most accurate observatory in the Mayan world. The city was founded centuries before Tikal, and may well be the birthplace of the Mayan calendar and writing system; the oldest known arch in the Mayan world is also here. It was conquered by Tikal in 378AD, but probably become a learning center for elites from the capital, rather than a vassal state.

Today, its pyramids and plazas are interspersed with the tiny houses of a modern village (also called Uaxatún), once dedicated to the gathering of chicle. Tourism is now a small but growing business.

The city’s original Mayan name, Siaan K'aan, or "Born in Heaven” reflects the city’s astronomical obsession. Solstices are marked by temple pyramids, which form part of the oldest known Mayan calendar. While crowds come to see these impressive alignments, you may have the site to yourself other times of year.

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Uaxactún Private Archeology Tour

Uaxactún Private Archeology Tour

Visit one of the most enigmatic Mayan sites in Guatemala on this one-day tour of the community of Uaxactún from Flores. Discover the archeological gems scattered in a modern town and witness how the conservation of the ruins is combined with efforts to sustain the local community. Learn how Uaxactún is believed to be the cradle of the Mayan calendar and the writing system of your expert guide; see the oldest Mayan arch in the world; and admire the ancient works of art.
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  • 7 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$230.00
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Uaxactun Day Tour from Flores

Uaxactun Day Tour from Flores

Uncover the secrets of one of the world’s oldest civilisations on this 6-hour tour of Uaxactun, a Mayan city inhabited from 300BC. Follow your guide around the fascinating archeological site, marvel over remarkably preserved Mayan ceramics in the onsite museum and learn about Uaxactun’s significance as the birthplace of the Mayan astronomical calendar. This day trip from Flores includes round-trip hotel or airport transfers and lunch.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$80.00
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Guatemala Birding Tour at Tikal and Uaxactún National Park

Guatemala Birding Tour at Tikal and Uaxactún National Park

The region of Petén is a hot spot for birding in Guatemala. The archaeological sites of Tikal and Uaxactún are known for having a big amount of birds in the region. Join our certified tour guides and enjoy birding in the Maya Biosphere Reserved. Minimum to operate 2 travelers.
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  • 2 days
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Should I book Uaxactún tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Uaxactún can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 3 Uaxactún tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Uaxactún 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Uaxactún costs USD 80.00. Guided Uaxactún tours start around USD 80.00 per person. See all 3 Uaxactún tickets and tours on Viator.
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