The town of Sayaxché is a jumping off point for visiting several Mayan ruins in Petén. It’s 38 miles (62 km) south of Flores.

Sayaxché Best Things to Do

Ceibal One-Day Tour, Guatemala
Ceibal One-Day TourSayaxche

This full-day tour explores the Mayan site of Ceibal, which is near Sayaxché in Guatemala’s Petén department. Ceibal was once one of the largest cities in Guatemala's southern lowlands.

Bird Watching
Naturalist Guide
Dos Pilas Tour, Guatemala
Dos Pilas TourSayaxche

This tour visits the Mayan site of Dos Pilas, which is located in Petén. Dos Pilas was a Mayan capital and has several interesting structures still standing.

Guided Tours
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Area Guide

Sayaxché is mainly used as transportation hub for visiting the Aguateca Cultural Monument, Ceibal Natural Monument, and the Petexbatún Wildlife Refuge. The town, which is set along the southern shore of the Río La Pasión, is somewhat unsavory and has had safety issues in the past. Security forces have, however, made the town safer in recent years. Most travelers will only be here temporarily while en route to nearby attractions.

The Mayan site of Ceibal has ruins and stelae from the Classic period and is about an hour-long trip down the Río La Pasión. Another option is the Aguateca Cultural Monument, which is situated along the banks of the Petexbatún Lagoon. There are two groups of ruins being restored here and lookouts that offer awesome views of the lake. Not far away is the Petexbatún Wildlife Refuge, which protects both abundant wildlife and the ruins of a few small Mayan cities.

Feedback From Travelers

I really enjoyed my two trips to Sayaxche. The journey to the sites especially walking in the jungle was amazing. (Ceibal). I hope one day you will be able to develop these sites more.

- AVO L, JUN 2019