The ancient city of Nakum (stone-house) is located on the north - eastern part of Petén, Guatemala, inside the National Park Yaxha – Nakum – Najarajo, some 54 miles away from Flores. The discovery of this site is attributed to Maurice de Périgny in 1905, who published the first plan of Nakum (Périgny 1908).
A stucco frieze, featuring a pair of human legs and two oversized feet, was discovered below Structure 14. In 2010, an additional pair of human legs was revealed on the right side of the frieze. Since 2006, excavations at Nakum have uncovered important elite burials and offerings. Several unique finds may significantly enrich our knowledge of Maya macropolitics in this region. Additional evidence may shed light on water management techniques and even early Maya apiculture.
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We will meet you at the airport Mundo Maya or any hotel at Flores, El Remate or Tikal.
Private transfer to Yaxha 1.5hrs from Flores.
Time to departure: 7:00am (If you are already at Flores).
Departure at 7:00 am from Flores to the Yaxha 1:30 hrs. approx.
08:30 am Meet and greet with the staff for the jungle trek, muleteer, local guide. Then leave to Nakum, passing through the cup of La Justa, approximately 4 hrs. ridding and trekking.
01:00 pm Lunch at Nakum, time to relax. Afternoon visit the site.
02:00 pm Visit of the impressive site, it’s self makes you feel like the city is still inhabited due to its architectural style. Is got one of the largest palaces yet restored. Among the most beautiful structures we can admire the palace-temple structures and a steam-bath building.
06:00 pm Dinner and time to live with sound of the jungle.
08:00 pm Overnight at Nakum Camp “Good night”
Overnight – Camping at El Zotz.
6:30am- Jungle morning wake up call
8:00am- Departure to Yaxha, enjoy on the route more 300 species of birds and animals of the rainforest that may cross our path.
1:00pm- Lunch at El Sombrero
3:00pm- Time to explore Yaxha this atmospheric lakeside site ending with refreshments & wonderful views at sunset over the rainforest canopy from atop the 216 or red hands temple.
7:40pm- Drop off at Flores approx.End of Jungle trek.
B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner.
The expedition is operated by Turismo Aventura (transportation, guide, camp equipment and meals) and the community people of La Maquina and with the assistance of El Sombrero Eco-Lodge a long time conservationist and community supporter.
Petén is quite hot most of the year, we can consider that the best season is from December to May. The hottest season is from March to May and June to Nov. is the rainy season.
We recommend doing it from Nov. to May. The trail to Nakum is open all days in the year but in rainy season the routes can get muddy and swampy.
Note: In dry season April and May is possible visit in vehicle 4x4, please ask.
Keep in mind that all your personal belongings will have to be carried by yourself for at least 14 km. Therefore we recommend you to pack as light as possible.
All you will be required to carry is a daypack containing items you will need during the trek (camera, sunscreen, t-shirt, bugs-spray, personal hygienic items, personal first-AID kit etc.).
1 Backpack (water-proof), where you can carry all your personal items.
1 Daypack (water-proof) that you can carry yourself.Footwear
July, August, September, October, November: Rainy season. The foot-wear for this season is got to be water-proof, rubber-boots are recommended to bring along.
December, January, February (best time): This time of the year is fairly easy so hiking shoes are good enough.
March, April, May and June: This is the dry season so take in consideration that you will put with temperatures between: 90-109 Fahrenheit / 30-38 Celsius.
Feel free to bring your sandals as well to be used at the camp-sites, although it is important to use the ones with toe-protection.
July, August, September, and October: It is our rainy season therefore all your clothes may get soaked. We recommend you to put two or three sets of clothes in water-proof-bags so you can have dried ones at any time. Rain gear and towels.
November, December, January, and February: This are transitional months, we get affected by cool fronts, and therefore we recommend to bring sweaters and warm-clothes. We recommend you to put two or three sets of clothes in water-proof-bags so you can have dried ones at any time. Rain gear and towels.
March, April, and May: This is the hottest and most humid time of the year, and therefore light-clothes. As we tend to have occasional showers it is recommended to bring rain-gear.
Important: All the above information needs to be taken as guide-line, but since weather is nearly impossible to predict take all the advice possible. Check weather fore-cast.And don’t forget to bring:
Water container always with you, flashlight and batteries, broad-brim or peaked cap, sunblock, insect repellent, toiletries.
You also have to bring a copy of your passport with you on the trek, is preferable to leave the original I a safe deposit box or luggage (at the hotel).