Tikal is the preeminent site of Central America and a “must see” for anyone interested in archaeology, history and Mayan art.
You either will be met upon arrival at the airport or transferred from your hotel over the Belize/Guatemala border to your hotel in El Remate area, where you will be picked up and taken to Yaxhá National Park. Here you will have a privately guided tour of this lesser visited, atmospheric site. You can enjoy the sights and sounds of the howler and spider monkeys as well as many colorful tropical birds and other mammals of this area, which is rich with wildlife. Sunset drinks are enjoyed at the end of the tour on top of the main temple with views over the surrounding rainforest and nearby Lake Yaxhá. After drinks, trek back through the jungle with torches as it starts to turn dark – perhaps spotting some nocturnal wildlife along the way – and return to your hotel.
After breakfast, you will be met by your guide and taken to the magical Mayan Ruins of Tikal in Tikal National Park – a 576 Km2 site declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1979. The site’s mapped district covers 16 Km2 and comprises more than 3,000 individual structures, temples and courtyard groups. The metropolis was occupied during the period between 800 BC and 900 AD, but the earliest architecture originates from the 4th century BC. The nobility resided in the Central and North Acropolis, the administrative centre of the city, which is also where some of the rulers were buried. The tallest temple in Tikal is Temple IV, standing at a grand 70 metres (230 Ft.) in height. You will have a great lunch at the Jaguar Inn hotel. After your meal, you will have time to explore the museum or return to the site unguided before being transferred back to the hotel by your driver when you are ready.
This morning your driver will transfer you to the Flores Airport (1 Hour), in plenty of time to catch your flight to Belize International Airport where you can fly home or continue on with your Willing Foot adventure.
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