Lake Peten Itza, Peten, Guatemala (with Map & Photos)

Peten Itza is a lake in the northern part of Guatemala. Located in the department of Peten. The second largest lake in Guatemala after Isabal. Area - 99 km², maximum depth - 160 m. Height above sea level - 110 m.

Lake Peten Itza
Lake Peten Itza

Thanks to the Mayan cultural monuments, about 150,000 tourists visit the region every year. The city of Flores, the capital of Peten, is located on an island near the southern shore of the lake. There were at least 27 Mayan settlements around Peten Itza, and on the site of modern Flores there was the Mayan Itza capital, Tayasal, which was last conquered in Mesoamerica in 1697.

Lake Peten Itza
Lake Peten Itza

About 100 species of animals live in the lake and along its shores, such as spotted petania, crocodiles (Central American crocodile and sharp-snouted crocodile), jaguars, cougars, deer (white-tailed deer and great mazama), parrots and toucans.

Lake Peten Itza Map