With steep cliffs and an internal cave system, the mountains possess two of the most impressive characteristic of El Zotz: bats and scenic views. As the afternoon ends, thousands of bats leave the caves from the mountain’s interior, forming dark clouds and filling the air with their shrieks and the sound of millions of wings flapping quickly.
This bat spectacle at the site is one of the most impressive experiences of the Guatemalan fauna, giving the site its name “Zotz” which means “bat” in several Maya languages, including Itza.
The hike, which lasts approximately one hour, goes through the archaeological site, called El Diablo. From these sites, located on the higher parts of the mountains, you can enjoy magnificent views of the Peten jungle, including a view of the top of Tikal’s Temple IV.
- Highlights: El Zotz – Tikal
- Activities: Bird watching – Archaeology – Nature and Wildlife – Scenic views – Hikes
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Holiday Type: Tailor-made
- You will visit: Guatemala
- Trip Style: Couples – Small Groups
- Comfort level: Standard
- Transportation: Minibus – 4×4 – SUV
- Length: 3 Days / 2 Nights
- Physical demand: Trip may include activities like walks and hikes
- Group size: Minimum 1
- Pick up / Drop off locations: Flores island
Departure time: 8:00 a.m. We pick you up at your hotel. Arrival at Cruce Dos Aguadas at 9:00 a.m. which is 45 km away from Flores. Jungle walk to El Zotz; after unpacking we will meet with our tour guide and start towards El Zotz; horses will be there to carry our luggage. This is a 20 km walk, 6 hours. Country style lunch: we will do lunch on the way to the site. Site exploration: upon arrival at the site we will set up our camp and explore the bat caves before the sunset. Dinner: will be served at El Zotz camp site. Good night.
Jungle morning wake up call. We will observe sunrise and the entrance of the bats into the caves. Breakfast will be served at El Zotz campsite.
Site exploration: we will visit the pyramid of El Diablo and admire the nature of the medicinal plants and animals that roam around. Lunch will be served at El Zotz campsite. In the afternoon we will walk 18 km or 4 hrs to El Yesal.
Dinner will be served at El Yesal and then we will set camp.
Jungle morning wake up call.
Breakfast will be served at El Yesal campsite.
Jungle walk to Tikal: we will leave El Yesal and start walking towards Tikal National Park i.e. another 4 hours or 18 km.
Today the horses will leave us, so we will carry our backpacks from there onward. Make sure to pack a light backpack
Lunch will be done at a restaurant at Tikal National Park.
Site exploration: After lunch, we will admire the archeological sites in Tikal until sunset.
Return to your hotel: after sunset, we will board our minibus and head back to your hotel in Flores or Santa Elena.
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- Departures: all year around
- Departures: are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 1 people.
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