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.
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
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.
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.
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
Return home or continue your travels in Guatemala!
This was my first experience with Adventure Life - and I couldn't have been more pleased with the trip. The guides and local staff in both Buenos Aires and Uruguay were terrific - extremely helpful and accommodating. I really enjoyed meeting the friendly staff in Buenos Aires in person (I left my bags with them for the afternoon).