Experience the beauty of Guatemala's rainforest in a unique new way during this memorable eco-hike at the Hacienda Tijax.
Depart the pier for the drive through the scenic Motagua Valley. Along the way, you will see lush tropical vegetation in the countryside. Upon arrival at the bridge over the Rio Dulce, a stop will be made for spectacular views and photo opportunities of Lake Izabal and Rio Dulce National Park, a protected area and one of the most important ecological reserves in the country.
Next, you will embark a small boat for the transfer to nearby Hacienda Tijax, an actual preserved rainforest. A staff member will greet your arrival, then lead you on a walk along elevated cable bridges that rise up to 60 feet high through the rainforest, and cross over crystal-clear natural springs and rivers. As you proceed along the elevated trails, you will learn about the natural products of the jungle, including gum, rubber, spices and medicinal plants. You will also take in splendid views of orchids and epiphytes throughout your 3.25-mile, round-trip journey.
Halfway through your walk, you will have an opportunity to climb the Observatory Tower for spectacular views extending along the river to the Castillo de San Felipe. The Tower of the Shaman at the top of the hill uses the ancient methods of directional construction. Utilized by the Maya for tracking sun and moon activity, it served as the basis of their baffling advancement in the areas of astronomy and calendar development.
A poolside barbecue will be served during the 1.5-hour lunch break, followed by some time to relax or swim in the pool. Time permitting, you may choose to take in one of the optional activities available for an addition charge, including horseback riding or kayaking.
Following your visit, you will re-board your boat for the return trip to the bridge, then be transferred back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a 3.25-mile hike. Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and comfortable walking or hiking shoes, and bring sunscreen a hat, sunglasses and insect repellant from the ship. Guests wishing to swim should bring a swimsuit and towel from the ship. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair.