Sayaxché

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Sayaxché
Municipality
Ferry across Río de la Pasión in Sayaxché
Ferry across Río de la Pasión in Sayaxché
Sayaxché is located in Guatemala
Sayaxché
Sayaxché
Coordinates: 16°31′N 90°11′W / 16.517°N 90.183°W / 16.517; -90.183Coordinates: 16°31′N 90°11′W / 16.517°N 90.183°W / 16.517; -90.183
Country  Guatemala
Department El Petén
Found 1874
Area
 • Total 3.752 km2 (1.449 sq mi)
Elevation 125 m (410 ft)
Population (2000)
 • Total 47,693
Website http://www.inforpressca.com/sayaxche/

Sayaxché (Spanish pronunciation: [saʝaʃˈtʃe]) is a municipality in the El Petén department of Guatemala, on the Río La Pasión river. In 2000, it had 47,693 inhabitants.

The city was founded in 1874 to provide accommodation for forest workers of Jamet Sastré logging company. It obtain a municipal status in 1929.

El Rosario National Park is located just east of the town. The archaeological sites of Ceibal and Dos Pilas are located within the municipal boundaries.

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