Finally, Aguateca 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.
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.