Journey into the heart of Guatemala’s wilderness on the El Zotz Tikal Jungle Trek, an experience that blends the thrill of adventure with the allure of ancient history. This jungle trek offers a unique opportunity to witness one of nature’s most spectacular displays at El Zotz, a site named for its extraordinary bat population.
As the sun dips below the horizon, prepare to be captivated by the awe-inspiring sight of thousands of bats emerging from the mountain’s caves. This natural phenomenon creates an unforgettable spectacle as the sky fills with dark clouds of bats, their collective wings beating in harmony and their calls echoing through the air. This moment at El Zotz, where the day meets night, is not just a viewing experience; it’s an immersion into the vibrant life of the Guatemalan fauna.
Your adventure continues with a hike lasting about an hour, taking you through the El Diablo archaeological site. As you traverse this path, you are walking in the footsteps of the ancient Maya, surrounded by the echoes of a civilization that once thrived in these mountains. The trek to El Diablo is as much a journey through history as a nature walk.
Reaching the higher elevations of the mountains, you are rewarded with breathtaking views of the Peten jungle. From this vantage point, you can see the majestic top of Tikal’s Temple IV piercing the jungle canopy. This view is not just a visual treat; it’s a moment of connection with the ancient Mayan world as you gaze upon the same landscapes they once beheld.
This trek is more than just a tour; it’s an experience that brings together the thrill of adventure, the beauty of nature, and the depth of history. With expert guides leading the way, comfortable accommodations, and a carefully planned itinerary, we ensure your journey through the Mayan wilderness is extraordinary. Join us on the El Zotz Tikal Jungle Trek and enter a world where nature and history intertwine in the most spectacular ways.
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Trip may include activities like walks and hikes
Prices based in double occupancy, and not valid for peak season like Christmas, New Year, Holy Week, Thanksgiving. Please inquire for more information.
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.