The city of Yaxha (blue-green water) is located on a ridge overlooking a lake of the same name in the lowlands of Guatemala. The city and its environs encompassed 92 miles, with a population of approximately 42,000. Although, that was around 350 BC - 250 AD.
The ruins include at least 500 structures linked by hidden causeways. You'll discover 40 mysterious stelae if you forage with a fine tooth comb. Other stats include: 13 alters, 9 temples, and 2 ball courts. If you're like me, you'll remember these Mayan ruins from the T.V. show Survivor. The cast and crew filmed inside the park. No joke!
We didn't see any jaguar, but we did see turkeys.
I wonder how many people can say they had a picnic in front of a Mayan ruin?
(You can see how the jungle grows over the temples like a vertical garden)
There was a panoramic view from the top. Plus, we were smack dab in the middle of howler monkey American Idol try outs.
My husband climbed this one, but not me.
A spectacular plaza with a view. It has twin pyramids like Tikal.
Stelae. If walls could talk.
Smiley face stelae.
Wow! What a view from the top.
Yaxha was an adventure from the start - hidden away in deep jungle, with only a ground and pound dirt road for access. But, luckily, I love that kind of thing!
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