There is more to Guatemala than the highlands. Hidden away in the steamy jungle of Guatemalas northern lowlands, the ancient Mayan city of Tikal is one of this fascinating countrys most interesting tourist attractions. We have a 2-day extension to visit this premier archaeological site. Since extensions may affect your international flight schedule you should consider booking these at the same time as your main holiday. We can assist with any arrangements such as extra hotel nights, transfers or internal flights that you may require. All extensions can be reserved during the online booking process.
Dating from 700 years BC, Tikal is one of the worlds premier archaeological sites. Once the centre of the Mayan civilisation, this impressive lost city, hidden away in the steamy jungle is one of the countrys most interesting attractions. Situated on a hill above the surrounding swampland, Tikal was occupied till around 900... More
Dating from 700 years BC, Tikal is one of the worlds premier archaeological sites. Once the centre of the Mayan civilisation, this impressive lost city, hidden away in the steamy jungle is one of the countrys most interesting attractions. Situated on a hill above the surrounding swampland, Tikal was occupied till around 900 AD. Then the city became deserted and gradually disappeared into the encroaching jungle. It was only in the 1840s that European explorers rediscovered this site and began the process of unearthing the various pyramids, temples and plazas which can be seen today.
The Mayan City of Tikal
This 2-day extension begins with an early transfer from Antigua to the airport in Guatemala City, where we catch the one-hour flight north to the town of Flores. From the airport an hour's drive into the surrounding rainforest brings you to Tikal itself. At the entrance to the National Park, there is a small group of hotels, lodges, shops and restaurants and you will be able to check in to the hotel, before heading off into the park for the first of two visits to Tikal. The park is open from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m and our first visit is a guided tour of the most famous ruins; after lunch, if you retain your ticket, you can enter the site again to explore on your own. In the morning, after a night at a nearby hotel, there is the opportunity to make another visit to the site. An early start, followed by a short walk to the Great Plaza at the centre of the site, will enable you to choose your tower and get to the top of it as the sun rises, an unforgettable experience. After spending the morning at the site, you will return to the hotel and meet the transport for the drive back to the airport at Flores. The flight back to Guatemala City is usually at around 3 p.m.
Available 'All Year' between
Transfers to and from Antigua to Guatemala City Airport, flights to and from Flores, transfers to and from Tikal, English-speaking guide while at Tikal, 1 nights bed and breakfast accommodation at Tikal and lunch at Tikal on Day 1.
What's Not Included
Park entrance fee (approx $20.00 per day), meals other than lunch on Day 1 and breakfast at hotel on Day 2, tips for local staff, miscellaneous personal expenses - beer, souvenirs etc, Airport departure tax ($2-3), Note: The return flight from Flores may not connect with your international flight. If a further night in Antigua is required before continuing your homeward journey, this and associated transfers can be arranged.
Transfer from Antigua to Guatemala City for the 1 hour flight to Flores and then a group transfer on to Tikal where we check into our hotel and head out on our guided group sightseeing tour (entrance fee payable on arrival). In the afternoon, if we retain our ticket, we have another chance to visit the site. Overnight Tikal Inn or similar. (L)
Early start for sunrise and a free morning of sightseeing at Tikal (entrance fee not included). Return to Flores on group transfer and fly to Guatemala City. Transfer to Antigua. services end. (B)