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Yaxhá – Pyramids, Temples, a Lake and the Jungle

Yaxha in mayan language means blue-green water. It is the Name of an ancient city of the Maya civilization in the low-lands of Guatemala. The site is located in the Guatemalan state Petén. It is just few miles from the border to Belize. The name is spoken like Yash-Ha.

Yaxha - View from the main pyramid
Yaxha – View from the main pyramid

The ancient town was build near the Lake Yaxha. It is surrounded by a protected area of sub-tropical rain forest. Beside Tikal and El Mirador, it is the third largest City of the Mayas in Guatemala. For the first time it was reported by  Teoberto Maler who visited the site in 1904.

Yax-Ha Top level of the main pyramid
Yaxha Top level of the main pyramid

1600 years of settlement history in Yaxha

During a period of 1600 years, from 600 bc to 900 ac. this Maya town was inhabited. 9 of the 500 identified structures are temple pyramids. More than 40 Stelae were detected.

Yaxha - Pyramid with bird nests
Yaxha – Pyramid with bird nests

Large protected area

Very impressive beside the monuments is the surrounding nature, the richness and nativeness of nature, that can be found there. This is due the fact, that the site is surrounded by an protected area of 143 sq.m.

Bird nests -Yaxha
Bird nests – Yaxha

Beside plants as orchids, tillandsias and bromelias one can watch many sub-tropical kinds of animals as birds, reptiles, mammals and insects in their natural environment.

Yaxha – View of the lake
Yaxha – View of the lake

Not many tourists find their way to the ruins of Yaxha. Therefor it’s recommended to book a trip there from Flores at the Lake Petén.

Tillandsia - Yaxha
Tillandsia – Yaxha

I found it very useful to meet Dieter Richter in Flores who runs a small Restaurant with the Name Café Yaxha there. Dieter, a german architect was involved in the Restauration work of Yaxha. Here is the link to a small movie about Dieter and his work  http://www.the-mayan-adventure.com/about.html and a a link to the web site of the Café Yaxha  http://www.cafeyaxha.com

Yaxha - Pyramid with bird nests
Yaxha – Pyramid with bird nests

A very detailed article regarding the known history can be found at Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yaxha

Plants, Orchids and Tlliandsia - Yaxha
Plants, Orchids and Tlliandsia – Yaxha

The photos in this article and the photos of the YouTube movie have been taken by me in Juli 2012.

Maya pyramid - Yaxha
Maya pyramid – Yaxha
Structures - Yaxha
Structures – Yaxha
Pyramid - Yaxha
Pyramid – Yaxha
Maya pyramid - Yaxha - 2
Maya pyramid – Yaxha – 2
The lake - Yaxha
The lake – Yaxha
A building - Yaxha
A building – Yaxha
Bird nests 2 - Yaxha
Bird nests 2 – Yaxha
Tropical plant - Yaxha
Tropical plant – Yaxha
Yaxha - Squirrel
Yaxha – Squirrel
Another structure - Yaxha
Another structure – Yaxha
Tillandsia - Yaxha
Tillandsia – Yaxha
Exotic plants on a tree
Exotic plants on a tree
Maya pyramid - Yaxha - 4
Maya pyramid – Yaxha – 4
A structure, hidden under a hill with trees - Yaxha
A structure, hidden under a hill with trees – Yaxha
Tropical plant on a tree
Tropical plant on a tree
Ball Court - Yaxha
Ball Court – Yaxha
Plants, Orchids and Tillandsia - Yaxha - 2
Plants, Orchids and Tillandsia – Yaxha – 2
Structures in Yaxha - Guatemala - 2
Structures in Yaxha – Guatemala – 2
Pyramid rising from the Jungle - Yaxha - Guatemala
Pyramid rising from the Jungle – Yaxha – Guatemala
Structures in Yaxha - Guatemala
Structures in Yaxha – Guatemala
Maya Stucko - Yaxha
Maya Stucko – Yaxha
Maya pyramid - Yaxha - 5
Maya pyramid – Yaxha – 5
Fruit - Yaxha
Fruit – Yaxha
Building - Yaxha
Building – Yaxha
Maya pyramid - Yaxha - 3
Maya pyramid – Yaxha – 3

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Stela - Yaxha
Stela – Yaxha
Yaxha - Bird
Yaxha – Bird

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Yaxhá – Pyramids, Temples, a Lake and the Jungle was last modified: March 31st, 2017 by Christian Schoen

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