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Jungle Journey

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Venture deep into the mysterious Peten jungle region of Guatemala. This adventurous tour visits the grandiose ruins of Tikal, the island-city of Flores on Lake Peten Itza, Chimino Island lodge set on Petexbatun Lake and the ornate ruins of Aguateca. Zip through the rainforest in Ixpanpajul Natural Park and explore the expanse of the dense jungle on this Jungle Journey.
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Trip Type:
  • Independent
Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1: Arrive Guatemala

Fly into Guatemala City where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2: Petexbatun Lake

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Flores. From there, drive to Sayaxche & board a local boat for a picturesque river journey down the La Pasion river to the site at Ceibal. This site contains some of the most ornate & well preserved carved stelae in Guatemala. After a steep, vigorous climb through a Ceiba tree forest to the ruins, your guide will provide you with the latest findings and conclusions about Ceibal. When you are ready, we'll continue by river to your rainforest lodge on the shores of Lake Petexbatun.

Day 3: Aguateca

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, transfer with your guide by boat to the lesser visited and unique site at Aguateca. This is site is unusual in that it contains the only known bridge formed in Maya civilization and is surrounded by a natural moat fortification formed by a fault line. Guests can explore the natural fault as well as a small selection of restored monuments and some intricate carvings. For lunch, feast on freshly caught seafood as you savor the breathtaking views of Petexbatun lagoon from the deck of Chiminos Lodge. After lunch, explore the lagoon by canoe or boat up the nearby river to watch the Moreletti Crocodiles that bask along its banks.

Day 4: Chiminos Lodge - Flores

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
From your mahogany bungalow, wake to the sounds of parrots, toucans, and the primal roar of nearby howler monkeys. The morning is yours to explore the miles of jungle trails surrounding Chiminos Lodge with your naturalist guide or take a dip in the lagoon off the floating dock. After another memorable three course lunch, we’ll take a boat back to Sayaxche and then travel onwards to Flores for the night.

Day 5: Yaxha

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Today guests explore the atmospheric lakeside site of Yaxha. Wonderful views of the rainforest canopy await travelers atop the main temples. This site may be familiar to some visitors -- it is where "Survivor Guatemala" was filmed.

Day 6: Tikal

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Today travelers explore the amazing Maya Temple site at Tikal. Here, commanding Maya temples rise above the jungle canopy, while monkeys and tropical birds thrive in the surrounding rainforest. Your guide will share theories on Tikal’s mysterious past as you weave your way through the maze of more than 3,000 structures that make up this famous Maya site.

Day 7: Canopy Tour

  • 1 Breakfast
Transfer to Ixpanpajul Natural Park. This park has over 200 species of trees, over 150 species of birds and about 40 species of mammals. You can choose between a walk on hanging bridges and winding paths, or a more adventurous swing line tour to explore this tropical paradise. After the tour, transfer to Flores airport for the flight back to Guatemala City.

Day 8: Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Transfer to Guatemala airport to return home or extend your trip with other Guatemalan adventures.

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  • 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 2 Dinners
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights
  • Meals not Included
  • Airport Departure Tax


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Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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