South of the The Passion River are the sites of Ceibal and Cancuen, which functioned as a port. Cancuén is characterized by its monumental Palace, which includes a swimming pool built with stone walls, as well as two ballgame courts containing altars with inscriptions. Ceibal has the late stelae of Peten, whose sculptural style shows influences from other parts of Mesoamerica.

Then came the word. Tepeu and Gucumatz came together in the darkness, in the night, and Tepeu and Gucumatz talked together. They talked then, discussing and deliberating; they agreed, they united their words and their thoughts.