Uaxactun is an ancient ruin of the Maya civilization, located in the Petén Basin region of the Maya lowlands, in the present-day department of Petén, Guatemala. The site lies some 12 miles (19 km) north of the major center of Tikal.
The name is sometimes spelled as Waxaktun.
In 1982 Guatemala's Tikal National Park was expanded to included the ruins of Uaxactun within its protected area.
In 1990 de Maya Biosphere Reserve (MBR) was created, including Uaxactun as a part of the reserve's Multiple Use Zone.