Travel Tuesday: Topoxte

Here’s today’s Mayan site, Topoxte.


Topoxte stands out from the other pre-Columbian Mayan ruins in Guatemala: It’s located on five islands in Yaxha Lake. An important example of Mayans occupying islands, Topoxte was at its peak a couple of centuries before 1450, when it was abandoned. Prior to that, it had been the capital of the Kowoj Mayans and played a role in trade between the Yucatan Peninsula and the Mayan highlands. Exploration is still going on at the site. Among the finds is a temple-pyramid that is the only Preclassic (2000 BC to 240 AD) left in Peten. The temple has three levels with an entrance supported by pillars.

F. M. Laster

“I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.” -Mae West

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