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Yaxha Peten Guatemala Is An Ideal Bird Watching Destination

By Linda Patterson

Yaxha is one of the Mayan civilization's most important cities. It is a part of the Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park. Yaxha lagoon and its well preserved forests are the treasures of this ancient city. The lagoon is deemed to be one of the most important water systems of the Maya Biosphere.

Yaxha As An Archaeological Site

This site is known as the third largest archaeological site after Tikal and El Mirador. 40 stalae, 13 altars, 2 ball courts, 9 temple pyramids and a series of sacbe'ob or causeways, connecting the east, north and central acropolis, comprises its more than 500 ancient structures. One can climb the 9 pyramids because the wooden stairs are well built and safe. You will see a breathtaking view of the jungles, the pyramids and the lakes once you are at the top of the partially restored Temple 216. The sound of the birds and Howler monkeys can also be heard.

The Maler Group, the North Acropolis and the astronomical observatory structure are its other interesting attractions. The Maler Group is a complex with twin temples which is comparable to that of Tikal twin temples. The North Acropolis is bordered by 3 temples while the observatory tower is popular even if it remains unnamed.

A Perfect Place To Go Bird Watching

This ancient city of the Mayans is now an ideal destination for nature lovers and archaeology enthusiasts. This site was part of the main ancient Mayan civilizations and was rediscovered in the year 1904 through continued excavation. The ruins are a part of the Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park and are also located on the southeast part of the Tikal National Park. The Yaxha lagoon is surrounded by tropical rainforest that houses a number of Neotropical varieties of flora and fauna.

This site offers great bird watching opportunities and experience just like in Tikal. Seeing exotic bird species is best enjoyed as there is less human traffic. The best place to see flocks of white-fronted Parrot, red-lored Parrot, white-crowned Parrot and Mealy parrot is at the observatory pyramid.

In the forest of Yaxha, you will be able to see a lot of bird species such as Tawny-crowned Greenlet, Pale-billed Woodpecker, Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher, Crane Hawk, Short-billed Pigeon, Brown-hooded Parrot, Killed-billed Toucan, Bat Falcon, Plain Chachalaca, Brown Jay, Slaty-tailed trogon and Blue Bunting.

For bird watching enthusiasts, Yaxha is the place to be as it is less crowded and offers the best birding opportunities.

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