Without a doubt, Guatemala is the heart of the Mayan world. Witness this historic and intricate civilization that began more than 2,000 years ago and continues to this day.
During this 5 days & 4 nights Guatemala Mayan ruins tour, you will visit the department of Petén. In this region alone, there are over fifty Mayan archaeological sites. It includes the impressive Mayan City of Tikal and Yaxha, a curious city with many structures that have been left underground. You will also have the opportunity to visit The Great Mayan City of El Mirador (The Lookout), the largest Mayan city in existence!
You will start your to your Guatemala Mayan ruins tour with a domestic flight from Guatemala City La Aurora Airport GUA to Flores Island FRS. A local guide will wait for you at the airport. He will take you directly to your hotel in Flores for the night.
Today we will bring you on a full day tour of the Mayan city of Yaxha, about an hour and a half drive from Flores Island.
The Mayan ruins of Yaxha are completely off the beaten path. It is not a well-known park among travelers. To reach it, you first have to go through 12 kilometers of an unpaved road. If you have ever visited a Mayan site before, you will find Yaxha even more mysterious, leaving you with new knowledge to absorb and a new world to discover.
When you arrive at the great pyramid of the eastern acropolis, you will be left speechless by the immensity of the jungle, spreading as far as your eye can see. You will also have a great view of Lake Yaxha which, simply put, will take your breath away.
Today, we will drive 1.5 hours from Flores Island to Tikal for a full day tour. Tikal is the largest excavated site in the Americas and contains some of the most fascinating archaeological remains of this ancient civilization.
It is difficult to fully grasp how big this park truly is with its many trails weaving through the jungle canopy that lead to half-uncovered structures. Spider monkeys follow you from the tree limbs above until you finally reach the plazas and pyramids. Our guide will take you on a memorable journey through this historical city.
On a regular walking tour inside Tikal, you may come across spider monkeys, howler monkeys, coatimundis (a raccoon-like animal ranging into Central America into Mexico and the US), parrots, toucans and ocellated turkeys. Tapirs, peccaries, and jaguars still roam the jungle, not afraid to be seen by the keen eye of an avid observer.
We also offer sunrise/sunset tours, which include a unique experience in which you can hear the call of the howler monkeys, a deep growl or “howl,” all around you. The monkeys’ growling is one of many instruments in the great symphony of the jungle canopy.
Today you have a free day to explore what Flores Island has to offer, like an optional helicopter tour of El Mirador. You will have the choice to spend your day enjoying the breathtaking helicopter tour, or you can embark upon another tour of the countless Mayan sites in the area.
Your driver will pick you up from your hotel in Flores to take you to the Flores Island airport. From here, you will depart for the Guatemala City airport. In Guatemala City, you may be ready to head back home, or you might find yourself choosing to add an extension to your Guatemala Mayan ruins tour.