Explore the magnificent temples of Tikal and those lesser-known at Yaxha on this 4-day extension in the Peten region. A fascinating introduction to the towering jungle ruins, this tour provides you with a private archaeology guide and several opportunities to view wildlife. A perfect extension to begin or end your Guatemala tour, Tikal and Yaxha will treat you to a glimpse of historical Guatemala.
Day 1 : Arrive in Antigua / Tikal National Park Day 2 : Tikal Day 3 : Transfer to Flores / Fly to Guatemala City Day 4 : Return Home
Tour Yaxha, the ceremonial center for pre-Colombian Maya
Arrive in Antigua, then transfer to the Guatemala City airport. Take a domestic flight to Flores and, upon arrival, set off with your guide for a sunset tour of Yaxha. A Mesoamerican archaeological site in the northeast of the Peten Basin region, Yaxha was a former ceremonial center for pre-Columbian Maya. The ruins of Yaxha, meaning "blue-green water," were first discovered in 1904 and include the remains of over 500 different structures. Admire the ruins as the sun sets over the impressive stone formations and surrounding jungle. Afterwards, settle in to your room at Villa Maya - the perfect location to begin your Guatemala tour.
Spend the morning at leisure before meeting your guide for a tour of Tikal. In the ruins, encounter towering pyramids which rise above the thick jungle canopy and learn how the city thrived as an important religious, scientific, and political center for 1500 years. The forest which engulfs the city is home to howler and spider monkeys, white lipped peccary, brocket deer, coati-mundis, toucans, scarlet macaws, parrots, ocelots and the seldom seen jaguar.
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel before transferring back to Flores by minibus and taking a flight to Guatemala City. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. The late morning and afternoon are yours to explore this capital city.
Day 4 Return Home
Savor one last breakfast in your hotel before transferring to the airport for your continued journey home.
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.
When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.