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The ruins at Tikal

Tikal and Chiminos Lodge

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Enjoy some of the best of Guatemala on this 4-day extension to the lush rainforest of Peten, the Maya ruins of Aguateca, Lake Peten Itza and more! Spend one day exploring the towering pyramids of Tikal, one of the greatest centers of Maya culture, with an experienced guide.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Chiminos Lodge
Day 2 : Maya Ruins of Aguateca
Day 3 : Explore Tikal
Day 4 : Return home


  • Hike through the jungle and search for wildlife
  • Visit the best-preserved Mayan ruins in Guatemala: Aguateca
  • Discover Tikal, where pyramids tower over the thick jungle canopy

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The ruins at Tikal Joe at the top of the world! Views from one of the tallest temples in Tikal Turkey in a tree.  A real beauty!

Day 1 Chiminos Lodge

An early morning flight takes you to the lush rainforest of the Peten. Continue overland to the Chiminos Island Lodge, an eco-archaeological preserve in the forested Peten region. From your mahogany bungalow you're enveloped by the sounds of the jungle: parrots, toucans, and myriad other bird species share their song, while the uncanny roar of nearby howler monkeys adds a primal feel to the jungle. As the sun begins to set, head out on a guided rainforest hike to see what wildlife you can spot.

Day 2 Maya Ruins of Aguateca

The ruins of Aguateca are among the best-preserved and restored Maya sites in Guatemala. Spend the morning here learning about the Classical Maya period before returning to the lodge in time for lunch. A three-hour transfer by boat and bus brings you to the shores of Lake Peten Itza, where you settle in for the evening.

Day 3 Explore Tikal

Tikal's towering pyramids rise above the thick jungle canopy like stoic sentinels of ancient mysteries. The ancient Maya began building this city around 600 B.C., and for the next 1500 years the area was an important religious, scientific, and political center. Pyramids to honor dead kings were built, administrative buildings rose, storage houses appeared, and houses for royalty were carved out of the jungle. Tikal became one of the greatest centers of Maya culture and sprawled over 46 square miles with more than 4000 structures in the core city center alone. Today, the pristine forest engulfing the ruined city is home to howler and spider monkeys, white-lipped peccary, brocket deer, coatimundis, toucans, scarlet macaws, parrots, ocelots, and the seldom-seen jaguar. This morning explore the ruins with an experienced guide before flying to Guatemala City where you overnight.

Day 4 Return home

  • 1 Breakfast
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  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 1 Dinner
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
    • 2 Nights Hotel
    • 1 Night Lodge
  • 2 Days Private Guide Service
  • 1 Day Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Park Entrance Fee


  • Internal Flights
    • $280 Guatemala - Flores - Guatemala
    • Flight cost is subject to change
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights

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  • $60 Meals not Included
  • $45 Airport Departure Tax
  • $15 Airport Arrival Tax
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The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
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Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.

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