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Sayaxché (Guatemala)

Practical information on Sayaxché

  • River
1 / 5 - One review
How to get there
1hr 30min drive from Cobán and Isla de Flores
When to go

All year round

Minimum stay
A few hours

Reviews of Sayaxché

Perrine J. Seasoned Traveller
27 written opinions

Sayaxché is a stopover town, situated in Guatemala's largest department, Petén. It's crossed by the Rio de la Pasión.

My suggestion:
You're likely to find yourself here if you're heading towards the north of the country, but otherwise Sayaxché's not really worth a visit unless you want to take a boat ride along the still waters of the Rio de la Pasión.
My review

Far from being an essential leg during a holiday in Guatemala, the town of Sayaxché was, for me, a quick stopover whilst I was travelling between the coffee-growing region of Cobán and the tropical climes of Petén. All the same, the town is a useful base from which to explore some of the lesser known Maya sites that date back to the Classic Period. Two note-worthy ones are El Ceibal and Aguateca, which you can access via a lovely motorboat ride down Rio de la Pasión.

To get around Sayaxché, vehicles need to cross the river on a type of barge - it's provides an opportunity to take a break by the banks or even spend a night in the jungle that lines the Rio.

Tours and travel ideas Sayaxché

  • Off the beaten track
Guatemala's Archaeological Sites
Length 15 days Approx. $4,260
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