Naranjo Tourist Places to Visit in Naranjo, Guatemala, America

Naranjo Tourist Places to Visit in Naranjo, Guatemala, America

Naranjo is an antique city of the Maya civilization located in Peten Basin region in Peten department of Guatemala is situated about 100 km from the department capital, Flores and 440 km from the national capital Guatemala. Together with Yaxha and Nakum, Naranjo are popularly called as Cultural Triangle. Naranjo is located on the border of Belize along the Mopan and Holmul rivers.


Geography of Naranjo:

Naranjo is situated between latitude 17.2° in the north and longitude 89.25° in the west.


Etymology of Naranjo:

The literal meaning of Naranjo in local language is ‘Orange Tree’. Naranjo served as the capital of Saal, the most famous Maya kingdom. Teoberto Maler was the re-discoverer of Naranjo site in 1905. Sylvanus G. Morley and Oliver Ricketson conducted more research on Naranjo in 1910. Naranjo was once looted by dacoits and thieves during 1920. Presently there is research conducted by the government to find ancient sculptures.


How to reach Naranjo?

Naranjo is catered by Mundo Maya International Airport in Santa Elena which is about 95 km away from Naranjo city. This airport operates flights from and to Guatemala City, Belize City, Cancun, Palenque and El Mirador. Tourists can choose minivans or buses to reach Naranjo from airport.

There are buses accessible to move within the city and to visit archeological sites in Naranjo. Bicycles are good for jolly ride on the roads of Naranjo.


Culture, Food and Shopping in Naranjo:

Naranjo is an ancient site housing many archeological sites of more than 1000 years old. In recent years there are several modern food corners and shopping centres established in and around Naranjo to serve tourists. Also tourists can refer Flores city for better shopping experience.


Things to do in and around Naranjo:

  • Cinema
  • Volunteer Peten
  • Hire a small covered boat
  • Swimming
  • Ixpanpajul Natural Park
  • Visit Tikal


Places to see in Naranjo:


Cival is an archeological site known for stone architecture and it showcases the history from the 6th century BC to the 1st century.

Mopan River:

Mopan River flows near the border of Naranjo through both Guatemala and Belize. The bank of the river is good to reach at evening time. Tourist can enjoy ferry riding here.


Ak’tun Kan:

Ak’tun Kan is a cave boasting different objects and models of animals, birds and humans. Entrance fee is Q15. Tourists can reach Ak’tun Kan cave by buses or minivans from Naranjo.


Other places of interest near Naranjo include:

  • The beach at Tilapa
  • Manchon Guamuchal Wetland Preserve
  • Petencito Zoo


Best time to visit Naranjo:

From May to October is the ideal time to visit Naranjo while the weather remains pleasant.


Accommodation Options in Naranjo:

Naranjo is famous for its archeological sites and hospitality services. Due to the visit of abundance of tourists and researchers in recent years, there are many home stays constructed all around Naranjo to serve both tourists and researchers. Home stays serve guests with both traditional and modern food. Also visitors can reach Flores city for rich hospitality services, Flores is located around 100 km from Naranjo. The prominent hotels near Naranjo and in Flores are listed below:

  • La Casa De Don David
  • Hotel Peten Esplendido
  • Hotel Villa Maya
  • Hotel Camino Real Tikal
  • Hotel Del Patio-Tikal
  • La Casona Del Lago
  • Mayaland Plaza Hotel
  • Hotel Casona del Lago
  • Hotel Casona de La Isla
  • Hotel Peten
  • Chaltunha Hostel
  • Ixpanpajul Natural Park
  • Hospedaje Doña Goya
  • Hotel Isla de Flores
  • Los Amigos
  • Hotel Mirador del Lago

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