3 Days 2 Nights
The park is a refuge that allows the visitor to enjoy a balanced combination of pre-Hispanic cultural patrimony and biodiversity. Due to the presence of impressive lagoons and wetlands that are of the main migratory birds’ routes, the park has been recognized as a wetland of worldwide importance. The Yaxha and Sacnab lagoons can be seen from the top of several archaeological monuments, giving the area a unique scenic beauty.
In the area, there are four main cities:
They played a very important role in the social and political organization of the Central Lowlands during more than 1,500 years. It is possible to visit the three first cities, with Yaxha being the most accessible one, and from where you may begin the park’s visit.
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Tikal National Park
Monumental city of the voices
Tikal was declared a World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979. It is the most important city of the Maya Classic Period in Guatemala and the park protects an important sample of Tropical Humid Forest, habitat for many flora and fauna species.
Tikal is known for its monumental buildings and was occupied for more than 1700 years; during this period, it played a major role in the social and political organization of the Lowlands.
It had important connections with the elite of other Maya cities such as Calakmul, Naranjo, Yaxha, Rio Azul, Dos Pilas, and Caracol, as recorded in the hieroglyphic texts of 33 governors in direct succession.
Today, Tikal is one of the most important tourism destinations of Guatemala, and one of the most interesting sites for bird watchers.
- Highlights: Yaxha – Nakum – 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 2
- Pick up / Drop off locations: Flores island
- Day 1 – Yaxha – Nakum
- Day 2 – Nakum – El Carmen
- Day 3 – Tikal – Transfer out
Yaxha – Nakum
Departure time: 8:00 a. m. We pick you up at your hotel.
Arrival at Yaxha National Park: 9:00 a.m. (80 km away from Flores)
Site exploration: We will go inside the site and visit the archaeological area for a couple of hours.
Jungle walk to Nakum: We will be toured by a local guide expert in Flora and Fauna. The walk is 17 km far i.e. 4 hours to Nakum site.
Country style lunch: We will have lunch at Nakum.
Prepare Camp: After lunch, we will set up our hammocks and camp so we can rest for a little while.
Surrounding exploration: Before sunset, we will visit the archeological site of Nakum.
Dinner: Will be served at Nakum campsite.
Nakum – El Carmen
Jungle morning wake up call.
Breakfast: will be served at Nakum site.
Jungle walk to El Paso del Carmen.
We will continue our journey to Tikal. After 17 km of walking, we come to El Paso del Carmen site where we will set up camp for the night.
Lunch will be done on the way.
Dinner: Will be served at El Paso del Carmen campsite.
Tikal – Transfer out
Jungle morning wake up call.
Breakfast: will be served at El Paso del Carmen campsite.
Jungle walk to Tikal National Park: After breakfast, we will start our walk towards Tikal, which is 17 km away or three hours walk in the jungle, the horses will leave us there so we will carry our backpacks from there onward.
Lunch: will be held at one of Tikal restaurants.
Site exploration: After lunch, we will admire the archeological site 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.