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Lac Petexbatun

Lac Petexbatun (Guatemala)

Practical information about Lac Petexbatun

  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Island
  • Lake
  • Archaeological Site
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
More than an hour from Sayaxche
When to go

From November to April

Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Lac Petexbatun

Perrine J. Travel writer
27 travel articles

Petexbatun Lake is a lagoon formed by water from the Pasion River and lined with mangrove swamps, in the tropical region of Peten in North Guatemala.

My suggestion:
If you spend the night there, an experience I highly recommend, it's best to bring along earplugs, as the howler monkeys have a whale of a time in the neighbouring forest!

Although I had read a certain amount of information on the place, I didn't think I'd have such a fascinating experience going to the Petexbatun L^=agoon during my trip to Guatemala. Upon leaving the town of Sayaxche, we hired a small "lancha" (motorboat) to go down the Pasion River peacefully, far from any human activity. Just as Pocahontas ascended the river, we too felt all alone in the world in this primary jungle. After some 50 minutes of sailing, we passed the bungalows of a lodge, then we finally reached a wider space, in the middle of which the little island of Punta Chiminos stood out.

Punta Chiminos Island forms the major attraction of the beautiful Petexbatun Lagoon and allows visitors to enjoy a unique experience. As if the boat trip wasn't magnificent enough, it was mere fact that I spent a night in such wild and isolated surroundings which had an impact on me. Petexbatun offers the opportunity to sleep in the heart of the jungle, surrounded by howler monkeys, to go kayaking or to visit one of the Mayan archaeological sites located nearby.

Bungalow at Chiminos Island Lodge on Petexbatun Lake
View of Petexbatun Lake