TIKAL, CUEVAS AND IZABAL:
Come with us on our Izabal and Rio Dulce tour and discover Guatemala’s most impressive Mayan ruins hidden in the jungle, life along the “Sweet River”, and breathtaking nature and sights. We’ll explore the Tikal Archaeological Park , enjoy relaxation along the river, and explore the best Petén and Izabal have to offer.
Rio Dulce, Castillo de San Felipe, and Finca Tatin
After a 6 hour’s drive, we will arrive at our first destination, Rio Dulce, Guatemala’s “sweet river”, where you’ll encounter jungle surrounded waterways, mangroves, unique flora and fauna, and village life. Our first stop in Rio Dulce will be the Castillo de San Felipe de Lara. Originally constructed by the Spanish in 1652 to defend Lake Izabal against pirates, this castle fort remains well preserved. On a guided tour, we will learn the history of this fortress and the Izabal and Rio Dulce area, see the forts many rooms and artifacts, and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding area. After lunch in Rio Dulce’s downtown, we will transfer to Finca Tatin, a riverside eco-lodge and our accommodation for the night, to enjoy free time with optional hiking, swimming, kayaking, and other activities.
After a morning of free time to enjoy Finca Tatin, optional activities, and relaxation in nature, we will transfer to the town of Flores, located nearby Tikal, and that night’s accommodation (4 hour’s drive).
Cuevas Actun Kan
After enjoying breakfast at the hotel and a short transfer (30 minutes’ drive), we will begin our morning with a visit to the Cuevas de Actun Kan, a series of natural caves where Mayan ceremonies have been conducted since ancestral times. The cave offers impressive natural formations of stalagmites and stalactites with unique shapes that are named after the figures they resemble. After exploring the caves, we will transfer to Tikal (1.5 hours’ drive).
After a 1.5 hour’s drive, we will arrive at Tikal, the world-renowned ruins of an ancient Mayan city hidden within the jungle. Once a prominent center of the Mayan empire, Tikal is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This impressive archaeological site boasts a large complex of step temples, plazas, and pyramids that once made up this great city. Here we will take a guided tour of these breathtaking ruins, learn the history of the Mayan civilization, and see park highlights including Temple of the Grand Jaguar, Northern Acropolis, and the Temple of Inscriptions.
We will then transfer back to Flores for dinner before beginning our journey back to Antigua (9.5 hours’ drive).
· All transport (private bus and boat)
· Experienced, bilingual guide
· Meals: hotel breakfasts
· All tours, local guides, and workshop/entrance fees
What to bring
· Clothing, toiletries, and personal items needed for a 3 day excursion
· Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes
· Sun and rain protection (sunscreen, rain jacket, hat)
· Money for excluded meals, optional activities and souvenir shopping