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Bak'tun route launched in Guatemala

Bak'tun route launched in Guatemala
9 Nov 2012

Travellers planning a trip to Guatemala in Central America can now enjoy a new experience in the country following the launch of the Bak'tun route.

The tourist trail takes in 11 cities linked to the Maya civilisation that witnessed important historical events in the Long Count calendar, a succession of 394.23-year cycles known as Bak'tuns.

Visitors can see a number of significant landmarks and structures along the route, including ancient ceremonial plazas, archaeological sites and complex texts carved in stone.

Particular highlights include Mirador-Rio Azul, an ancient city discovered in the rainforests of northern Guatemala, which is home to astronomical observatories and the largest Maya pyramid in the world.

In El Baul, travellers can visit a museum situated within the premises of a former sugar mill in Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa.

A map providing more details of the new route is available on the Visit Guatemala website.

Holidaymakers can choose to explore the trail independently or on organised tours.

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