PETEN
POPULATION450,000
CAPITALFLORES
DIRECTLY BORDERSMEXICO AND BELIZE
Jungle is what marks much of this Guatemalan department. And that is why it has become such a popular spot for tourists to explore and simply marvel at remnants of the Mayan past that they stumble upon here.

Perhaps one of the reasons the area is most visited: The Maya Biosphere Reserve which spans over 21,000 square kilometers and was created in the 90s to protect the tropical forest region north of the Amazon. Those who travel through the reserve may encounter crocodiles and monkeys in addition to ancient Mayan ruins.
  • TIKAL

    The ruin of an ancient city, Tikal is known for having dominated the Maya region at one time. Its vastly tall temples, walkways connecting the various complexes and even the monkeys and other animal species that call the ruins home will have you enthralled for hours.

  • CRATER AZUL

    The blue of the water is unmatched anywhere else in the world. Some believe it is a result of snails that give off that coloration. Whatever it is, snorkeling is a must here, and then relax with a picnic as you marvel at the view.

  • EL MIRADOR

    A pre-Columbian Mayan settlement, El Mirador is located in the heart of the jungle and boasts one of the largest pyramids known to have been erected in the Mayan world. While it is a bit difficult to get here, there are guided tours that leave by mule train or by foot.

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