Peten Department – A Must Visit Place In Central America

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Petén is the northernmost department of Guatemala. It is nearly the size of Ohio, Petén covers country a third of the area, but has only 3 percent of the population. So, there is vast open land present here, which shelters rainforests, incredible Mayan ruins and savannas and much more fascinating things.

If you are planning to visit the Peten department with family this summer, jot down the name of places you should visit here.

  • Ixpanpajul Natural Park

Because the Peten has vast open land, thus it has much nature’s beauty. You can start your trip from. Here you can explore the subtropical rainforest without getting too wild. The park has well-maintained ways amid several lusts, which leads into the jungle. This is a perfect place for a family outing.

You get here many opportunities of adventure and the most popular trek in the park is the self-guided hike. It takes you too many spectacular viewpoints. You can experience here forest canopy, night safaris, horseback rides, ATV rentals, birding treks, and even a Tarzán Zip Line Canopy Tour; take it if you think you are brave enough.


  • Tikal Ruins


Tikal Ruins was once a powerful seat of the Mayan empire, now it’s the most famous archeological site in Guatemala, also the most-visited sites of Mayan ruins all over Latin America. UNESCO has declared it a World Heritage Site and it consists of plazas, temples and pyramids. The site was first settled around 700 BC, and it offers mesmerizing views and powerful aura.


  • Maya Biosphere


This is a vast tropical basin and its covers the whole Petén, the northern third of Guatemala, is a kind of jungle carpet and mostly wild. Maya Biosphere Reserve has been created by UNESCO in the year 1990. And the place has become an adventurous ecotourism destination for adventure lovers. The reserve has Tikal National Park, Yaxhá-Nakum-Naranjo National Park, El Zotz and Naachtún-Dos Lagunas Biotopes (Uaxatún) and Mirador Basin National Monument. It is also comprised Mayan ruins, rivers, mountains, hiking trails, Cenotes, and 14 lakes.


  • Lake Petén Itza


This is the second largest lake of Guatemala. The lush rainforests adjoining to this lake are the home to nearly 27 archaeological sites.