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Aguateca Archaeological Site Tours

Aguateca Archaeological Site
The little-touristed ruins of Aguateca Archaeological Site are worth the long trip for at least three reasons. First, to get here, you’ll traverse Petexbatún Wildlife Refuge, a birders paradise of mangroves and marshlands, in a motorized canoe. Second, the city was abandoned so suddenly, during a massive attack in 830AD, that everyday relics were preserved Pompeii-style, in place, offering archaeologists an unprecedented look at everyday Mayan life.

Finally, Aguateca Archaeological Site is strategically located atop a 90-meter (300-foot) limestone bluff, fortified with defensive walls. These form a massive ravine that divides the city, La Grieta, traversed by an old stone bridge. Amazing.

More than 700 structures still stand at this site, with its epic views over the Petexbatún Basin, far from the tour buses and casual tourists. Several plaster walls and murals dating from the Classic Period, when Aguateca and neighboring Dos Pilas formed the region’s dominant polity, are unique in the region.

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Auguateca is located close to the small service town of Sayaxche, which is about 62km (38 miles) from Flores, a 1.5-hour trip. There are two rustic ecolodges (and some very basic hotels) in the working port on the Río Pasión, making this a good base for visits Aguateca and other nearby archaeological sites. Day trips are also easily arranged from Flores.

From Sayaxche, you’ll take a motorized canoe capable of navigating the shallow waters and mangrove swamps of the Petexbatun Lagoon, to Aguateca. The journey takes about an hour and a half. You may need to wade the last few meters to the site if water levels are low.
Address: Monumento Cultural Aguateca, Peten, Guatemala
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Day Trip to The Aguateca Archaeological Site

Day Trip to The Aguateca Archaeological Site

Journey back to ancient times on this full-day tour of the Aguateca archaeological site and discover the remains of a Mayan settlement dating from 300BC. Look out for crocodiles and iguanas as you cruise along the Rio Pasion to reach Aguateca. Then, follow your guide to the most impressively preserved ruins, perched on a 90-meter (300-foot) tall limestone bluff and enjoy magnificent views over the Petexbatun Lagoon. This private tour includes lunch and round-trip transport from the Mundo Maya International Airport or your Flores hotel.
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