Ceibal Aguateca
Ancient Maya Fortress

The presence of great numbers of Ceiba trees in the area has given the name “Ceibal” to the site. This ancient Maya city reached its height during the Late Classic Period, between 700 and 900 A.D.

At this archaeological site you may observe a great variety of Maya stellae, and two structures that have been restored. One of them is a pyramidal temple, where 4 stellae are set according to the cardinal points.

One of them shows the Lord of Ceibal taking the throne in presence of the governors of great Maya Cities, like Tikal, Calakmul and Ucanal.

This is an event of great interest, as the archaeological evidence shows that Tikal and Calakmul were rival cities during the whole Classic Period.

The stellae are one of the main attractions, as they are the finest and best conserved from the Late Classic Period in the Maya World.

Aguateca is a Mayan city from the late Classic Period, which is located in the upper part of the Petexbatun slope, at a strategic point protected by ravines and cliffs that complicated the access, and protected it from invasions and attacks.

The city has more than 700 buildings and 11 of them have currently been restored. In Aguateca you can observe an artificial rock bridge crossing the natural fissure that divides the site, which remains solid and has been in use since the original occupation of the city

Amid ravines and rainforest stands Aguateca, where there is evidence of surprising abandonment of the city and important discoveries related to the Maya civilization collapse.

Aguateca has a viewpoint with amazing landscapes over the Petexbatun River and lagoon.


    Round trip land Transportation
    1 night of lodging in camping site or basic lodge
    All meals (1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, purified water)
    Communitarian tour guide (don´t speak English)
    Boat transportation
    Entrance fee
    First aid kit

Ceibal Aguateca

Additional information

Activities:Hikes within the archaeological site, fauna and flora observation, archaeology, cultural trail, landscape observation, canoeing on the Petexbatun lagoon
Destination2 Days
Route:Route: Mixed, first part in vehicle 4×4, by boat and walks
Characteristic of the traveler:People with good physical condition accustomed to walk more or less 3 hours daily
Condition of the land:Land with slope and wavy
Daily distances:1st. DAY 10 km. 2nd and 2nd. DAY 6 km.
Humidity average:85%
Temperature average:30 degrees
Groupsize2 pax minimum and 12 people maximum

2 Days – 1 Night

An adventure trip enjoying rivers and streams, Mayan cities, steleae with impressive art, all this surrounded by one of the most beautiful forest of the region.

We Visit: Sayaxche –  Ceibal and Aguateca Cultural & Natural Monuments


Day one

At 8:00 a.m. We leave Flores towards Sayaxché i.e. 1 hour.

Then we take a boat at La Pasión River for an hour towards El Ceibal.

From the shore of the river we will walk 45 minutes up towards the main plaza of El Ceibal

Box lunch will be served at El Ceibal.

After lunch we will walk for 45 min back to the river and then we will continue by boat to Aguateca Camping site.

Dinner will be served at the site.

We will set camp for the night.

Day two

Early morning wake up call and breakfast.

We will explore Aguateca.

Have a lunch in the camping site

In the afternoon we will take the boat back to Sayaxche and then minibus go back to Flores.

    aguateca mini