Things You Should Never Do at Historic Ruins, According to Local

When you visit the Maya ruins, carve out some time to learn about the wildlife and swim in crystalline craters.

wild bird in Petén

During my trips to Petén, I always look for unique wildlife.

Isabella Rolz


There’s so much exploring to be done in the area surrounding the ruins, especially for those interested in nature and wildlife.

The Maya Biosphere Reserve in Petén is one of Central America’s most important tropical forests, and Las Guacamayas Biological Station in Flores is a must-visit for wildlife enthusiasts, as they can spot species from macaw to crocodiles there. 

My favorite attraction in the area is the Blue Crater, a crystalline body of water that’s part of Petén’s La Pasión River. 

I recommend reserving an entire morning for an all-inclusive tour, complete with boat transportation, food, and drinks. However, you should make sure the forecast is clear. If there’s bad weather, excursions may be canceled, or you may not be able to enjoy the same scenery.

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