Close to Flores, discover the UNESCO World Heritage site of Tikal National Park (or Parque Nacional Tikal) with its rich treasure trove of Mayan archeological ruins. Set within the vast tropical jungles of Petén, the park is home to hundreds of exotic, colorful birds, and other wildlife. The pre-Columbian ruins of Tikal house a maze of courtyards, ancient temples with sun altars, and the quintessential Mayan pyramids believed to have mystic relationships with the cosmos. Tikal was a major Mayan settlement in its heyday from 6th century BCE to the 10th century. With over 3,000 ancient structures and the Maya Biosphere Reserve within which this rich heritage lies protected, Tikal is paradise indeed for travelers from all over the world.
Tropical Jungle and Wildlife
Hiking and Trekking
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Places: Antigua (3 days) → Lake Atitlan (3) → Guatemala City (1) → Flores (3) → Guatemala City (1)
Tour Highlights: Colonial Heritage and Ancient Ruins, Volcanoes and Coffee Plantations, Mayan Communities, Scenic Beauty, Volcanic Peaks...
Set off for Temple IV with your local guide early in the morning to watch the sun rise over these architectural marvels. As you walk on, you will spot many tropical birds, and animals such as spiders and howler monkeys. Enjoy a boxed breakfast before your guide takes you on a discovery of the magnificent temples. Awaken your adventurous spirit and take off on your own exploration of these marvelous structures. You will be dropped off at your hotel or at Flores, once you are done exploring to your heart’s content. (Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 6 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Breakfast box included; Fitness Level: Easy)
Discovery Tour and Lunch at Tikal National Park
Prepare to be amazed by the fabulous temples of Tikal National Park! Gaze at the temple tops that rise above the thick jungle canopy, soaking in the stunning beauty around you. As you wander across the site with your local expert, you can also sight tropical birds, monkeys, and other mammals in their natural habitat. Enjoy a unique experience as you relish an indulgent picnic lunch amid the magnificent Mayan ruins. After your meal, let loose the explorer within as you set out to explore more of the temple complex on your own. Once you have toured the heritage site as much as you want to, you could head back to your hotel. You can also ask to be dropped off in Flores. (Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 5 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Picnic Lunch Included; Fitness Level: Easy)
Yaxha National Park Tour From Tikal
Start off early in the morning from your hotel in Tikal National Park and head for Yaxha archaeological site. Enjoy the guided tour with your local expert as you learn all about the ruins which were a flourishing city many centuries ago. Know the details about different structures at this archaeological site even as you drink in the stunning views. It is likely you will encounter at least a few tropical animals and colourful birds as you wander around this ecologically important area that is part of a biosphere reserve. Savor a sumptuous lunch at El Sombrero Lodge that sits on the banks of Lake Yaxha. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 7 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Includes lunch without drinks; Fitness Level: Easy).
Explore Ixpanpajul Nature Park With a Canopy Tour or Skywalk
Set off from your hotel in Tikal National Park and head for Ixpanpajul Nature Park. Take your pick of a thrilling canopy tour or an exciting skywalk to explore the natural bounty of this protected forest. Get a bird’s eye view of the jungle canopy as you zoom by on a zipline secured with a sturdy cable system. Pass by nine platforms sitting high above the ground as you enjoy glimpses of the many varieties of birds and animals that live in the dense vegetation. Traverse a network of suspension bridges and winding paths that make up the skywalk. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: around 4 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness Level: Easy)
Enjoy Birdwatching and Lunch at Tikal National Park
Start your day early as you set off for some bird watching at Tikal National Park located within the Maya Biosphere Reserve. Keep an eye out for the many interesting feathered species that flit around the ruins of an ancient civilization. Look out for hummingbirds, chestnut colored woodpeckers, mealy parrots, Yucatan jays, and keel-billed toucans, which are just some of the species your local expert will point out to you. Visiting the place during migratory season assures you of a unique experience with flocks of birds turning it into a tropical wonderland. Wander around the remnants of monuments at this archaeological treasure trove and enjoy a lunch. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 9 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Includes lunch without drinks; Fitness Level: Easy)