Explore the famed Mayan ruins of Tikal during this picturesque journey to the savannahs and rainforests of Northern Guatemala.
Depart the pier for the brief transfer to the airport, and a chartered 1-hour flight to the vast northern region of El Peten. Upon arrival, you will board a coach for the scenic 1-hour drive along rainforest-lined roadways. Along the way, your guide will inform you about the region in preparation for your visit to Tikal, the greatest Mayan city known and studied to date, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Upon reaching the entrance to the site, you will leave your coach and begin your guided hike along dirt roads and pathways. As you enter the forest surrounding the ruins, your guide will explain the cosmic vision of life at the apex of Mayan rule. After walking approximately 1 mile, the various structures that comprise the Great Plaza will come into view. Their magnificent architecture is still intact after hundreds of years, and some time will be made available for you to explore the ruins. You will then re-board your coach for the return drive to Santa Elena, and proceed directly to the Maya International Hotel for lunch accompanied by scenic views of Lake Peten Itza and the Island of Flores.
After lunch, a short visit to Flores will be made. Flores is the smallest city in Guatemala, and the capital of the country's largest province. During colonial times, the island was used as a prison. In May 1831, it was declared a city and given the name of Flores, honoring a hero with the same name.
The architecture of Flores blends English, Caribbean and traditional Mayan styles, and is unique in Guatemala's territory. Flores' streets are irregular and very narrow, but the views from the island are spectacular. During your visit, you will see the white-domed cathedral and attractive houses painted in bright colors on the high point of the island.
Following your visit, you will be transferred to the Mundo Maya airport for your return flight.
Please note: Tikal National Park is a protected area spanning approximately 231 square miles. This less walking version of Tikal covers the immediate ruins, including the Great Plaza, Temples I and II, the North Acropolis, Central Acropolis and the Maya Royal residential complex; the main highlights of Tikal. The walk to and from the Great Plaza is approximately 2 hours in duration; it takes place over dirt roads and pathways, with some gradual inclines and stairways. Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and comfortable walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and sunglasses from the ship. Rain jackets, ponchos and umbrellas are also advised to provide coverage during cloudbursts. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair. A minimum of 12 guests is required to operate this program.
Roundtrip charter flight
Sightseeing and transfers as per program
Lunch at the Maya International Hotel restaurant