Sayaxché Travel Guide

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Sayaxché Things to Do

  • Gorgeous Laguna Petexbatun

    This pristine lake is about one hour away from Sayaxché by speedboat (it can also be reached by road). You can let yourself go in the general torpor. This is where the apparently beautiful Chimino Island Lodge is located. Probably much nicer than where I stayed in Sayaxché, but having dinner with a bunch of gringos... no thanks.

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  • Enjoy the Rio De La Pasion

    The river is beautiful. One minute out of Sayaxché and you are in pristine nature. You will see a few people fishing or washing themselves, but it is very quiet. Be sure to shop around before hiring a boatman (easier said than done).

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  • Discover Sayaxché

    There is nothing "to do" in Sayaxché, but you will have a great time just walking through town. Toward the edge of town, you will witness rural life in plank houses with thatched roofs. At sunset, some inhabitants will go wash in the river. Sayaxché is obviously a poor place for most, but you don't have a feeling of misery (the children look well...

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  • AGUATECA IV - Plaza Mayor

    This is where commoners lived and played. It is difficult to imagine, in this quiet site, a vibrant civilization and a community 4,000 strong living here. The reasons why Aguateca was founded and then frittered away so suddenly are not clear, Some monuments are left unfinished.All stelae are fiberglass reproductions. The originals are safer away...

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  • AGUATECA III - Grupo Del Palacio

    This is the area where the King of Aguateca and his circle lived. The glory days of Aguateca were short, some time in the 8th Century A.D.

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  • AGUATECA II - The Fabulous Grieta

    The photos look like nothing, but the grieta (fissure / chasm) is perhaps the most amazing thing I saw in Guatemala. It is a crack in the rock, 2 to 5 meters wide and 10 to 20 meters deep. It is the entrance to the ancient city of Aguateca, making it very easy to defend.Later, during the visit of the site, your guide will pick up a rock now and...

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  • AGUATECA I - The Nature Trail

    Your boat will leave you at a small pier, and you will walk to the park rangers' building. There, a guide will offer his services (for free - you must leave a good tip). The first part of the complete tour is a nature trail. It is a magnificent trail at the base of an imposing cliff. Through dappled light and hanging vines, it leads to a great...

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  • Admire the Ceibal Tree

    The national tree of Guatemala has an unusual buttressed lower trunk, and an umbrella top high above the canopy. It is also known as a kapok tree, I believe.

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  • Watch the River Traffic

    This is quite a spectacle, and it goes on all day. No need to go in detail: the photos will speak for themselves. The truck line was protected by young men with big weapons.

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  • Watch the River Traffic on La Pasion

    As has been said before, a favorite activity in this lazy town is to sit on the balcony and watch the river traffic come and go. I watched pedestrian traffic fill-up the launches on the opposite shore and then power their way across. Once, I witnessed a motorcycle loaded onto the launch, and then watched it unload below the balcony. Farther in the...

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  • Watch the Mayan Fisherman at Sayaxche

    The Mayan will tie a hook and weight to a piece of fishing line and toss it into the river waiting for a fool fish to grab it. I saw a woman do just this right near the place were the oil leaking launches came and went. After awhile though, she had a bite. The fish pulled hard, and several people came to inform her that maybe she was hung upon on a...

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  • River Ride on La Pasion

    Recommended as an afternoon day trip from Sayaxche to El Ciebal, the river journey to the ruins is itself worth an adventure. The wildlife along this section of La Pasion is considerable as the rainforest borders the river in many places. I saw aligators and birdlife of all sorts. Negotiations for the boats are done at a riverfront office where an...

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Sayaxché Restaurants

  • I'll have what they're having

    I had a rather blah breakfast at the Restaurant Yaxkin, and the place was not very pleasant. At night, moreover, it was completely empty. Again and again, I have read that you must eat where everyone else eats, so that the food doesn't sit around too long. There were not many choices. The Petexbatun and the Botanero were closed, perhaps...

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  • Wild Game Meat in Sayaxche

    I know I'll get low ratings for this post, but I have to at least inform you about the opportunity to eat wild game in Sayaxche. Apparently, the restaurant buys meat from local hunters who capture their game in the wild lands around Sayaxche. I can't even remember what meat we ate because it was part of a stew. I think I ate a small animal like an...

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Sayaxché Transportation

  • Combi from Santa Elena through to Coban

    Combi Vans, a shared minevan usually packed full of human cargo inside and with baggage on the roof, ply the highways from Flores/Santa Elena through to Coban on a relatively new highway system. Just before I took this route, many here on VT argued that it would be hard going on a gravel road, taking many hours, but at the time of our trip a new...

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  • Across the River

    As I explained, the minibus dropped us on the "wrong" side of the Rio De La Pasion. To reach Sayaxché, it is but a short boat ride across the river (cost: 28 cents).I wonder how many people who read this tip have crossed from Chiang Khong to Houayxai. It was exactly the same experience, although a world away. Actually El Remate reminded me a lot of...

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  • Minibus from Flores to Sayaxché

    All bus from Flores actually depart from lively Santa Elena, across the causeway.I took a tuktuk from the hotel to the bus station. There, I found the minibus to Sayaxché easily. I was alone when the bus started, but we made a first stop in the rowdy market and then stopped again and again in the town's outskirts. Pretty soon we were jammed full....

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