"Sayaxché, and the Aguateca Mayan Site" Sayaxché by calcaf38

Sayaxché Travel Guide: 21 reviews and 79 photos

Sayaxché is situated midway between Flores and Coban, on the South bank of the Rio De La Pasion. There is no bridge over the river, and that's Sayaxché's gimmick and fortune: cars and trucks cross the river on a moving platform, and pedestrians cross the river in wooden launches. It creates a hubbub of activity and a honky-tonk atmosphere, making Sayaxché one of the places where you tell yourself: "Yes, this is it."

Sayaxché is also situated near several Mayan sites not as grandiose as Tikal, but not as processed either. I visited Aguateca and it was an experience complementary to my time in Tikal.

If you want to visit Aguateca and other sites, yet avoid edge-of-the-world (edge-of-you-seat?) Sayaxché, you should investigate Chimino Island Lodge, on the nearby Laguna Petexbatun. I passed it by boat and it looks beautiful. If you stay in town like I did, chances are you will be the only visitor in the place.

There is one internet cafe in Sayaxché, and it is hard to find.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Superb remote ruins near frontier village
  • Cons:Very little choice for accommodation and food
  • In a nutshell:As far as you can go
  • Last visit to Sayaxché: Nov 2006
  • Intro Updated Jan 5, 2011
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  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Interesting to read about las grietas at Aguateca!

  • travelgourmet's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2011 at 11:11 PM

    You have lived the life of the fictional Indiana Jones. What wonders you have seen. Great tips on Sayaxché.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2008 at 3:27 AM

    Fantastic stuff Oliver, especially your photos of everyday life here. But I confess I couldn't take that accommodation, so it might have to be the lodge for me if I visit!

  • Mar 28, 2008 at 8:02 AM

    Excellent site!

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Fascinating area along an appropriately named river!

  • martin_nl's Profile Photo
    Dec 18, 2007 at 3:03 PM

    I heard Aguateca is the oldest of the Maya places. Great page!!

  • Sep 18, 2007 at 5:13 PM

    a fantastic page on this little known part of guatemala. kind of reminds me of the rio dulce area, with its lakes and rivers and little lodges.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2007 at 3:41 AM

    How exotic indeed. Puts one right in the picture.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2007 at 1:05 PM

    A brilliant page on an exotic locale! I had to laugh out loud at your Accoms tip. Fantastic photos that indeed really convey a sense of the place. Those tranquil river scenes reminded me of my jungle tube trip down the Mopan River in San Ignacio, Belize!

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2007 at 5:04 AM

    Warm birthday wishes from Jerusalem, where it snowed yesterday (more or less...)


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