Sayaxché, Petén

As I promised: I got to save photographs I had on my ruined camera and I’ll share some stories captured by these photographs.

Most tourist take the Izabal route to get to Petén. I choose to take the route from Coban, Alta Verapaz. It takes a little bit longer but more tranquil than riding on the traditional route.
From Coban, Alta Verapaz you hop on a bus heading to Raxruhá, around 4 hours drive. A few miles before the town of Raxruhá you get off at the crossroad to Petén. At this crossroad you start to try to get a ride, standing on the side of the road. If you are luck you’ll catch one of these minibuses. When I arrived here, there was one minibus about to leave. It was packed with people, local farmers and peasants, in fact, people couldn’t fit inside anymore, they were climbing to the roof of the vehicle. Not a big deal for locals. Well, Eli is not patient and will not stay here waiting indefinitely for another transport. Eli is rough too, so does not mind traveling like the locals do. Somehow you have to hold to your stuff and grab onto something on the roof. And do this while trying to take photos going at 50mph.

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I felt the ride from Raxruhá to Sayaxché took forever. But the distance is not so great. On your personal vehicle it should not take more than two and a half hours.
The minibus leaves you close to the river crossing. They charge you Q2 for a person to cross, Q10 for a vehicle. On the other side of the river there is a fine road that leads to Flores Petén and the rest of the Petén everyone knows.
At this crossing station you can find launches taking tourists to ancient Mayan site of Aguateca. There are some other Mayan sites in the area and you’ll always find a person willing to take you there for a moderate price.

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A 2-3 hours up Rio La Pasion will put you at Laguna Petexbatun, home to the Mayan Aguateca Site. The jungle surrounding the lagoon is home to hundreds of species of birds and mammals. Often you’ll see spider monkeys and howler monkeys close to the shore.

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Amphibian on my way, road from Aguateca to Sayaxche. If you pay attention, the mud you see in the photo is what I talk about on a previous post about a jungle trek from Aguateca to Sayaxche.

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