Another Mayan place build because of a protection provided by surrounding chasm. They were conquered none the less. Nowadays due to the lack of funds it is deteriorating place that was meant and made to accommodate tourists.
Small place, you can easily do in one day. One short hiking trail. Big chasm and a little elevation.
Flora and fauna
You can see monkeys both Howler and Spider. A lot of Great Blue Herons and Egrets, Cormorants and Turkey Vultures on the way.
Tropical jungle In January comfortable, sleeping bag needed at night.
Getting to Aguateca is not particularly difficult, if coming from Guatemala city catch a bus to Coban (40 quetzales)then a bus to Sayaxche (50 quetzales). From there you can have a guide take you via wooden canoe, they are not dugouts. The canoes have motors, but the trip takes a few hours, the last of which is through very narrow swampland. Be prepared to dodge weeds that brush against the boat, as well as the pole that the guide uses to steer! You can expect to pay around 500 quetzales for trip, overnight 800 and more for two people due the fact that the guide will stay the island well.
No fee or permit required. You have to pay for the boat ride though.
Aguateca has some of the best-preserved Mayan ruins in Guatemala. You will see stelae and temple ruins that may not be the largest or most imposing, but great care has been taken during excavation to preserve the area. Its location makes it half the fun--you are more likely to encounter archaeologists at work than tourists with cameras.
There are no hotels or campgrounds in Aguateca.
You can put up your own tent or hammock for no charge.