"Peten" Departamento del Petén by canuckmike

Departamento del Petén Travel Guide: 477 reviews and 1,423 photos

The department of Peten is about 1/3 of the total land area of Guatemala and takes up the entire nortern portion. It is still a fairly wild and remote part of Guatemala but is home to probably the biggest attraction in Guatemala, Tikal, the giant Mayan ruins that were used for a scene in Star Wars. Although Tikal is the major sight and is only what most tourists see, it is worth your time exploring more of this region. There are an abundant amount of remote mayan sights that you can have almost to your self or even entirely to your self. Flores the capital is used mostly as a base for getting to Tikal but I really enjoyed that town. With the wildness of this place, you do have be careful in some areas. As we were heading north, we were required to have a police escort because of some recent banditry in the area.

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  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Sep 3, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Excellent tips on the Departamento del Petén area! I only saw the Tikal area but wish I had been able to spend more time in this part of Guatemala. Your jungle hike must have been fun!

  • hivaoa1's Profile Photo
    Aug 24, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    ciao mike! I really like the way u write tips :-) i'm waiting for more

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