Sayaxché

Petén

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 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.

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Ceibal One-Day Tour

5-in-1 combo|7hrs

Sayaxche

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Ceibal One-Day Tour

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...

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Dos Pilas Tour

4-in-1 combo|7hrs

Sayaxche

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Starting At$203
Dos Pilas Tour

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.

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Aguateca One-Day Tour

5-in-1 combo|7hrs

Sayaxche

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Aguateca One-Day Tour

Spend a day exploring the Mayan ruins at the Aguateca Archeological Site in Guatemala. Aguateca is found on a limestone bluff above the Petexbatún Lagoon in the...

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Ceibal and La Pasión River

4-in-1 combo|8hrs

Sayaxche

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Ceibal and La Pasión River

During this tour, you'll take a boat down the La Pasión River to the Mayan site of Ceibal. It's a nice mixture of nature and history.

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Collective Ceibal

3-in-1 combo|8hrs

Sayaxche

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Collective Ceibal

On this tour, you'll see the city of Ceibal, which served as an important hub for trade among ancient Maya cities.

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