Yaxhá

North Acropolis
North Acropolis

Yaxhá was a ceremonial center and city of pre-Columbian Maya civilization.

Yaxhá was the third largest city in the region and experienced its maximum power during the Early Classic period (c. AD 250–600).

Acropolois del Este Yaxhá
Acropolois del Este Yaxhá

Yaxhá—is an active site in various stages of discovery. Yaxhá was a bustling Maya trade and ceremonial hub located about 20 miles from Tikal, one of the greatest centers of Maya 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, Maya 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 ball courts, and laid out the streets of their city in a grid pattern. 

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