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Samabaj, Guatemala

From series “Famous Sunken Towns”
The ancient Mayan city of Samabaj had been regarded as a legend for many years, till its ruins have been found in one of the lakes in Guatemala. This important archaeological discovery occurred in 1996, and later, scientists were able to specify that Samabaj has sunken more than 3.5 thousand years ago. According to one of the most actual contemporary hypotheses, the ancient city has been situated on a small island that was completely flooded as a result of the earthquake.

Samabaj, Guatemala Researchers have discovered ancient ceramics, magnificent altars and incense, as well as many beautiful ceremonial monuments at the archaeological area. All of these priceless artifacts confirm the version that the flooding of the rich and prosperous city was sudden. Over time, the water of the oceans receded and formed the beautiful Atitlan Lake, where the ruins of old buildings were discovered.

The pioneer in this unique historic district was a diver, Roberto Samayoa, whose stories about the wonderful city on the bottom of the lake were doubted by representatives of the local authorities. Exploration of the lake began in 1998; today it’s one of the most visited and famous attractions in Guatemala. The ruins of the city lay at a depth of 35 meters; they will be interesting to divers and fans of history. To the beginning - Yonaguni

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Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'Cajeros Automaticos' located in 7 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Joya Grande' is located in 33 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Petrol Station' in 7.2 km
Supermarket: 'Mercado Municipal' in 20 km
Parking: 'Embarcadero Las Conchitas' in 8 km
Apotheek: 'Farmacia Sinaí' in 6.87 km
Police station: 'Politur' in 6.75 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Hotel Arca de Noe' in 5.39 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Samabaj

Hotel y Restaurante Bambu

Located in 5 km from Samabaj
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Rooms: 11
The rooms at this property feature a wardrobe and private bathrooms, while the bungalow is equipped with a private terrace with lake and river views. … More: photo, rates and booking
Hotel Paco Real

Located in 6 km from Samabaj
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Rooms: 12
The rustic-style accommodations have tiled floors and a colourful decoration and details. They all have a nightstand with a lamp and wooden … More: photo, rates and booking
El Gran Jaguar S.A.

Located in 7 km from Samabaj
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Rooms: 4
Villas are surrounded by gardens, and offer free Wi-Fi and cable TV. Each villa has a kitchen with a fridge, microwave, coffee maker and toaster. … More: photo, rates and booking
Eco Hotel Uxlabil Atitlan

Located in 8 km from Samabaj
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Rooms: 12
Rooms come with a wardrobe and a private bathroom with a shower and toiletries. Water is heated by solar power. An abundant free breakfast is served … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

Santa Maria Volcano
38 km - Santa Maria Volcano
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Guatemala Stone Head
153 km - Guatemala Stone Head
The impenetrable jungle of Guatemala, inhabited by the Mayan tribes since ancient times, conceals one of the most mysterious artefacts on earth. Here, in the midst of the luxuriant thickets of the exotic trees, lies the huge sandstone statue discovered by the …
Pyramids of Copan
249 km - Pyramids of Copan
The Pyramids of Maya can be found not only in Mexico, but also in Honduras. To the followers of the walks through the archaeological districts one can recommend the tiny town of Copán. Three thousand years ago, when the unique pyramids were built, Copán was one of …
Ilopango Volcano
258 km - Ilopango Volcano
The capital city of El Salvador is located near the famous Ilopango volcano. During the history it erupted twice. The first eruption, which occurred in the 5th century BC, was the most powerful and destructive. After the first destructive eruption, the whole territory …
Chicoasen Dam
322 km - Chicoasen Dam
Chicoasen Dam is a rock-fill Mexican dam. It was beginning to build in 1974. In 1980 it has begun to work, since that time, it became the biggest dam in North America. Its height is 261 meters and length 485 meters. The reservoir’s size is 52 600 square meters, about …
Hidden Valley Waterfall
346 km - Hidden Valley Waterfall
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