Tak'alik Ab'aj
Tak'alik Ab'aj
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Heather V
Novato, CA11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Family
If you love history and archeology, off of the beaten path, you will love Tak Alik Ab'aj (pronounced: talk a leek aba). Getting to the ruins does take travel, depending on where your coming from, but within the region there are many things to see and do. The ruins themselves are still being excavated. The site dates back to the Olemecs (1500BCE) period, before the Mayan time period. New finds Tak Alik Ab 'aj were published in the 2015 American and Spanish National Geographic magazine. Its a beautiful park, well maintained with many stelas. They also have a small zoo in the center of the park. Its advisable to know some spanish as the tour guides only speak spanish. Well worth the trip, it hasn't been ruined by thousands of tourists.
Written 9 August 2016
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Michael R
Queenstown, New Zealand1,105 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Friends
Visited on 18 February 2015. 50 Q to enter per person. Guide provided but they speak only Spanish and you are expected to tip as they receive no wages. As we all spoke some Spanish this was not an issue and our guide; Bernardo, was a wonderful guy. Well informed and funny.

The site is located over a series of five ascending terraces. You will enter at terrace three. Nice setting in the Guatemalan jungle. This is an active dig so you will see a lot of excavation and cleaning going on as you tour.

Takalik is still a religious center for the local Mayans. We encountered a few Shamans making offerings on the ancient altars sprinkled around the site. There are no animal sacrifices. If you want to see that go to Nepal.

Much better than I expected. I came away with a better appreciation for the Mayans and their culture. I would definitely come back as I understand that they are building a museum to house their finds.
Written 20 February 2015
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L v
Boxtel, The Netherlands57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Couples
These were our first ruins to visit in central america, so I cannot compare them to Tikal or Copan, but I really liked them. Would have not been worth 40-50 dollars each to us, with are the costs when you do the trip with a touroperator, but that's also because we're on a budget. If you speak basic spanish (you have to understnd the guide, otherwise all you see is just ome rocks), you can do the trip yourself!

In Retalhuleu we took at tuk-tuk (costs 5Q in total) to the place where the shared taxi's to El Asintal leave (I believe it's called la colonia). Took us about 2-5 minutes to get there.
The shared taxi was full and just left when we arrived but inmediately afterwards at that spot arrived the bus to el asintal, which brought us there in about 30min (costs 3,5Q each).
From El Asintal we got a cab to the site (4km drive, about 15 min), for which we paid 20Q. We arranged that he would pick us up 2 hours later, but he didn't return and therefore we started walking and hitched a ride back to El Asintal.

The entrance fee of the park is 50Q per person, and you should tip your guide. We had a guide who did not rush us and spoke slowly, so we could understand better (our spanish is very very basic). We walked around for about an hour and tipped the guy 20Q, but he did not seem very pleased with the amount. But you should give an amount that you're comfortable with.

All in all, a nice place to spend an hour of two. Especially if you speak spanish and can conversate with the guide!
Written 16 February 2015
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Patrick V
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Family
Takalik Abaj is relatively unknown , to far away from the beaten track in Guatemala . Easily accesible is maybe a little bit too much but with a little planning from Quetzaltenango (also known as Xela ) a full day excursion away . When you arrive at the site - get a local tour operator involved in Xela , makes your life easier - the friendly guards will go with you , no english spoken but definitly a good course of spanish . So you get two for one . Ask to see the many statues others never got to see , behind the small museum under a thatched roof . Enjoy as well the nature .... completely diferent than the cold Quetzaltenango.
Written 24 October 2014
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EBCH72
Guatemala Department, Guatemala42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014
We simply loved the place. Beautiful, impresive, interesting.
Excellent for learning And being in touch with nature.
Written 1 July 2014
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bakery
Canada921 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Couples
We very much enjoyed our visit to these impressive ruins. They may have changed their policies since the last reviewer visited, because we felt we were given lots of time to look around without being pressured to hurry. If you don't speak Spanish, I'd recommend that you bring someone who does. The site guide speaks only Spanish, so our Spanish and English speaking guide was able to translate everything he said and paint an interesting story of the people who lived here. In addition, I asked a lot of questions and never felt like I was being rushed.

Tak'alik Ab'aj is off the beaten path, but well worth a visit if you're in Guatemala!
Written 4 April 2014
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kayak-atitlan
Santa Cruz La Laguna, Guatemala1,490 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011 • Friends
I was very pleased to visit this Olmec site. The guides are well informed and knowledgeable, the interpretive signs are helpful, and the grounds are well cared for. The only down side was that our guide told me I asked too many questions and was slowing the tour down. I was very interested to learn more, and my questions were all related to the specifics of this site. I did not understand why the guide would not want to share all he knew. I know that this site does not attract a lot of visitors, so I can not imagine what the guides hurry was to rush me through the tour. I wanted to return to a stelae that he by-passed, and he asked to be paid (a second time) to take me there. We were not allowed into the site without a guide, even after our paid tour.
Written 11 January 2012
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world_citizen38
Los Angeles, CA244 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The location of these ancient ruins can be difficult to reach, but it is worth the travel time outside of the big cities. When I arrived a fee was asked. Since it’s not a big attraction very small numbers of people go and a guide is included for no additional price. So the tourist fee is worth every cent. Our tour guide asked if we wanted the extended version of the tour or the quick one. They accommodate your time restraints. The guide takes you around and is very knowledgeable. He explains the symbolic relics, the animals in the zoo- yes they have their own small zoo on the grounds and is included in the tour because it’s located smack in the middle of the site- the works in progress, and artifacts in their own museum. It is an important site because it’s one of the earlier sites -Preclassic - and it shows influence of both Olmec and Maya.
Written 11 February 2010
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