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Guatemala may be a small Central American country, but it is rich with culture, history, and tradition. The country is home to a vast collection of Mayan and pre-Mayan cities and archaeological artifacts. While most known for being home to the city of Tikal, there are many other lesser-known sites. These sites, although less familiar host an abundance of treasures from America's first inhabitants. We offer several pre-designed tours of these very special destinations, or we can create a tailor-made experience that personalizes your trip to your dreams!

 

Tropical Rainforest Exploration

*It is recommended to stay in Guatemala City for one night after arriving in the country. The following morning you will fly to Petén. Transportation is provided from the airport to your hotel in Guatemala City. 

Tikal is the largest excavated site in the American continent and contains some of the most fascinating archaeological remains of the ancient Maya civilization. Explore the hidden beauty of Maya cities dating back to 400 B.C. Explore the Maya ruins at the North Acropolis, stunning ancient roads, and an unrivaled view of the Yaxhá lagoons and jungle. Complete your tour in Uaxactún. Uaxactún is located 23km north of Tikal, and is one of the oldest Maya cities in Guatemala. Uaxactún is notable for its astronomical observatory, and is thought to be the place where Mayans began developing their calendar.

**To learn more about Tikal and take a virtual tour of the Tikal National Park Click Here.**

Day 1 − The Northern Department of Petén Itinerary:  

Petén makes up approximately one third of the country, yet its population represents only about 4%. Tikal is the largest excavated site in the American continent and contains some of the most fascinating archaeological remains of the ancient Maya civilization. Explore the hidden beauty of Maya cities dating back to 400 B.C.

04:30a.m. Transfer from your hotel to airport 
06:00a.m. Fly to Flores, Petén 
07:00a.m. Arrive to Flores, Petén
07:30a.m. Transfer to National Park

Tikal at your hotel
08:30a.m. Arrive to hotel Jaguar Inn 
09:00a.m. Tour at National Park Tikal 
02:00p.m. Lunch at hotel 
Free Afternoon

Day 2 − Yaxha and Topoxte, The Mayan World Itinerary: 

Travel to Yaxha to see the Maya ruins at the North Acropolis, stunning ancient roads, and an unrivaled view of the Yaxhá lagoons and jungle. This area is rich with wildlife. After lunch, you will take a boat across the lagoon to Topoxte. The structures here date to the Preclassic period. The most valuable is Temple Pyramid C, which is the last remaining Postclassic structure in Petén.

 

04:00a.m. Transfer to Yaxhá 
05:00a.m. Sunrise Tour at Yaxhá 
06:30a.m. Breakfast in the wilderness 
12:30p.m. Lunch at Yaxhá 
01:30p.m. Boat to Topoxté 
04:00p.m. Boat to Yaxhá Hotel 

Day 3 − Uaxactún Itinerary: 

Uaxactún is located 23km north of Tikal. Uaxactún, one of the oldest Maya cities in Guatemala. Uaxactún is notable for its astronomical observatory, and is thought to be the place where Mayans began developing their calendar.

09:00a.m. Transfer to Uaxactún 
12:30p.m. Lunch with a local family 
01:30p.m. Transfer to Flores airport 

06:30p.m. Fly to Guatemala
07:30p.m. Arrive to Guatemala

Transportation will be provided to your hotel. 

Suggested logging: Westing Camino Real 

  • Tropical Rainforest Exploration

    Three amazing days of exploration

3 DAYS OF EXPLORATION

 3          2  

DAYS                 NIGHTS

$1,107

PER PERSON

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Yaxha and Topoxte, The Mayan World

Although these sites are not as popular as “Tikal” or “Mirador”, they were still very powerful in their time and very beautiful. Yaxhá is located over a hill surrounded by the Sacnab and Yaxhá lagoons. It is inside a zone of two square kilometers, where more than 1700 structures have been identified (Hermes, et al., 1999). The site was inhabited by the Maya civilization since the Pre-classic period (1500 B.C. – 250 A.C.) through the Classic period (250-950 A.C.). After lunch, you will take a boat to Topoxte, which was named by Teobert Maler in 1904, this name means "seed of the Ramón tree". The Ramón tree, commonly known as breadnut, was an important component of the ancient Maya diet.​

Yaxha and Topoxte, The Mayan World Itinerary: 

Travel to Yaxha to see the Maya ruins at the North Acropolis, stunning ancient roads, and an unrivaled view of the Yaxhá lagoons and jungle. This area is rich with wildlife. After lunch, you will take a boat across the lagoon to Topoxte. The structures here date to the Preclassic period. The most valuable is Temple Pyramid C, which is the last remaining Postclassic structure in Petén.

04:00a.m. Transfer to Yaxhá 
05:00a.m. Sunrise Tour at Yaxhá 
06:30a.m. Breakfast in the wilderness 
12:30p.m. Lunch at Yaxhá 
01:30p.m. Boat to Topoxté 
04:00p.m. Boat to Yaxhá Hotel 

  • Yaxha and Topoxte – The Mayan World

    Journey into the heart of the Mayan World

1 DAY EXPEDITION

 1   

DAY    TOUR

$290

PER PERSON

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Lake Atitlan and Ixim'che

Ixim’che is one of the Post Classic cities from the Maya Civilization. The “K’aqchik’el” mayan group founded it in approximately 1463. Ixim’che is the best way to start getting involved in the Mayan Cosmic and Spiritual Vision.​

Lake Atitlan and Ixim'che Itinerary: 

 

Iximché is the closest Mayan ruin to Lake Atitlan. These well preserved ruins include pyramid-temples, ball-courts, royal palaces, museum, and interpretive signs explaining the history of the site.​

09:00a.m. Transfer to Ixim’che from Antigua, Guatemala
11:00a.m. Tour at Ixim’che
12:30p.m. Transfer to lunch place
01:00p.m. Lunch on the road
02:00p.m. Transfer to Lake Atitlan
03:00p.m. Drop off at your hotel at Lake Atitlan

  • Lake Atitlan and Ixim'che

    Discover the Mayas from past and present

1 DAY EXCURSION

 1   

DAY    TOUR

$197

PER PERSON

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The Northern Department of Petén

Petén occupies approximately a third of the country, yet its population represents only about 4%. This huge expanse of tropical rainforest, swamps and savannah forms part of an untamed wilderness that stretches into the Lacandón forest and collects Maya cities from late pre-classic and classic period (400b.c. to 900a.d).

Tikal: The national park of Tikal is a protected area about 576 square kilometers, on the edge of the large “Reserva de la Biósfera Maya”. Animal species that can be found include the howler and spider monkeys and toucans and parakeets. Exploring Tikal will help you discover the Mayan spiritual and universe vision.​

For the most memorable experience, ask about our Sunrise Tour!

The Northern Department of Petén Itinerary

Option 1: DAY 1 − GUATEMALA CITY AIRPORT DEPARTURE:

 

04:30a.m. Transfer from your hotel in

Guatemala City to Guatemala City airport.
06:00a.m. Fly to Flores, Petén
07:00a.m. Arrive to Flores, Petén
07:30a.m. Transfer to Tikal National Park
09:00a.m. Begin your tour of Tikal
02:00p.m. Lunch 

03:00p.m. Transfer to Flores

04:30p.m. Panoramic Tour of Flores

05:30p.m. Drop off at Flores Airport 

06:30p.m. Fly Back to Guatemala City

08:00p.m. Transfer to Hotel in Guatemala City

 The Northern Department of Petén Itinerary 

Option 2: HOTEL IN TIKAL NATIONAL PARK DEPARTURE
 

09:00a.m. Transfer from your hotel in the Tikal National Park
Begin your tour of Tikal
02:00p.m. Lunch at hotel
Free afternoon


 

  • Explore Tikal from Tikal hotel

    Departure from hotel within Tikal National Park

  • Explore Tikal from Guatemala City

    Departure from Guatemala City (domestic flight included)

2 DEPARTURE LOCATIONS

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DAY    TOUR

$160

PER PERSON

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$845

PER PERSON

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DAY    TOUR

Other Must-See Archaeological Sites

Guatemala is a top destination where you can find tons of amazing Mayan archaeological sites. Although Guatemala is most known for being home to the great city of Tikal, the country is also full of many other locations that hold rich history and astonishing ruins. The country's neighbors, Honduras and Mexico, also host many important relics from the Mayan Civilization. Popular additions to tours, many times, include one or more of these must-see sites.

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