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Laguna Petexbatún

This placid lagoon is home to many fascinating species of animals including freshwater turtles, crocodiles and herons. Beyond the shores of the lake lies a rich rainforest where visitors may encounter howler monkeys and an array of native birds. Laguna Petexbatún is part of the Petexbatún Wildlife Reserve and the nearby ruins are well looked after by conscientious park rangers year round. The area around the lake enjoys an incredibly interesting history dating back to the Pre-classical period. A rogue Prince founded the area’s biggest site, Dos Pilas during the 7th century after Tikal was taken by Calakmul. The Mayan communities that were established around here were later forced back to Ceibal and Aguateca, which was thought of as the region’s second capital and finally to the Punta de Chimino peninsula. There are plenty of elaborate carvings of battles and victories to be seen at the various ruins in the vicinity of the lake. Visitors have several locally run accommodation options to choose from, generally involving comfortable thatched cabanas or bungalows. Packages including meals, a night’s board, a guided tour and transportation from Sayaxché usually start from $150 upwards. You can also opt for packages without transportation and organize your own from Sayaxché. Posada Caribe, Petexbatún Lodge and Chiminos Island Lodge are the more popular choices among visitors.

Other neighborhoods in Sayaxché: Ceibal, Aguateca, Dos Pilas and Punta De Chimones .

11 Aug 2010

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