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Dos Pilas

Dos Pilas is a Pre-Columbian site of the Maya Civilization located in what is now the department of Petén, Guatemala. It dates to the Late Classic Period, being founded by an offshoot of the dynasty of the great city of Tikal in AD 629 in order to control trade routes in the Petexbatún region, particularly the Pasión River. In 648 AD Dos Pilas broke away from Tikal and became a vassal state of Calakmul, although the first two kings of Dos Pilas continued to use the same emblem glyph that Tikal did. It was a predator state from the beginning, conquering Itzán, Arroyo de Piedra, and Tamarindito. Dos Pilas and a nearby city, Aguateca, eventually became the twin capitals of a single ruling dynasty. The kingdom as a whole has been named as the Petexbatún Kingdom, named after Lake Petexbatún, a body of water connected to the Pasión River.

Dos Pilas gives an important glimpse into the great rivalries and political strife that characterized the Late Classical Era. Much of the history of Dos Pilas can now be reconstructed, with a level of detail which is almost unparalleled in the Mayan area.

On June 12, 1970, the site was declared a National Monument according to Article 1210 of the Guatemalan Ministry of Education.


08:00 A 4WD transportation from your hotel in Flores to Sayaxché, Round Trip boat transfer from Sayaxché to Dos Pilas.
10:30 Walking tour in the Archaeological Site Dos Pilas, with a local bilingual guide.
12:30 BOX LUNCH Included.
13:30 Transfer back to Flores.
16:00 Approximate time to arrive at Flores.


  • Entrance Fee

  • Bilingual Guide

  • Box Lunch

  • 4WD Transportation

Not included:

  • Beverages

  • Tips

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