The most prominent Mayan ruins in the area are the Tikal Ruins located within the Tikal National Park, one of the most diverse regions of Guatemala. The Tikal Ruins are home to some 3,000 structures. Rock brought from the coast was used to carve immense statues present throughout the civilization. The most significant structure, The Great Plaza, is surrounded by altars, ceremonial structures, and palaces. Also in The Great Plaza are two enormous temples, The Temple of the Jaguar and Temple II. These structures stand as high as 150 feet and reset on each end of the plaza. The spot was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
This archaeological site offers more of the ruined remnants of the Mayan civilization. It was first inhabited as early as the ninth century BCE and reached its peak around the mid 800sCE with around 10,000 in habitants. This site contains many elaborate structures and monuments including what may be the oldest circular observatory in classic Mayan culture.
Though one of the smallest Mayan cities, Quiriqua is known for its impressive monuments including the largest block of stone ever carved by the Mayan people. Also found at the site are many temples, large stelae, and four carving in the shape of mythological animals. The spot was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
This is yet another popular archaeological site from the Classic Period. Its ruins are some of the best preserved in Guatemala. Its characteristic points of interest are its interesting waterways and its placement atop a 90 meter high bluff making the spot a very defensible location.
This vast archaeological site contains over 500 Mayan structures and was the site of the popular television show Survivor. Yaxha is home to over 40 stelae, 13 alters, 9 temple pyramids, and a network of causeways.