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Cancuén is an ancient Maya ruin situated in southern Petén close to the departmental border with Alta Verapaz, in the Northern Lowlands of Guatemala.

Understand[edit]

Cancuén was a major trading center in the Classic Maya period.

History[edit]

Landscape[edit]

Flora and fauna[edit]

Climate[edit]

Get in[edit]

A minivan and a passenger pickup provide transport between Raxrujá and La Union, the village from which you can arrange the boat to the ruins themselves. As of February 2007, the boat cost 300 Quetzals (W). You need to arrange the boat from the tienda nearest to the entrance sign. Following the sign pointing to the embarcadero will just get you a nice view of the river and a longish hike back to the tienda.

Fees and permits[edit]

60Q each to get in.

Get around[edit]

The site has wooden walkways for seeing the palace and other parts, so mud is unlikely to be a problem there.

See[edit]

Do[edit]

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

Drink[edit]

Lodging[edit]

Head back to Raxrujá.

Camping[edit]

There is plenty of camping space available at the site.

Stay safe[edit]

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