Get ready for an extraordinary adventure as we take you on a journey to explore the two most famous archaeological sites in Guatemala: Tikal and Yaxhá. This tour promises an immersive experience where ancient civilizations come to life, surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty.
Our journey begins in the town of San Ignacio, Belize, where we’ll pick you up from your hotel at 11 am. From there, we’ll drive towards the border. Don’t worry about the logistics; our expert team will assist you with the necessary procedures to ensure a seamless transition.
We’ll arrive at the enchanting Yaxhá area, where a traditional Guatemalan lunch awaits. With satisfied appetites, we’ll commence our archaeological tour of Yaxhá, a Classic Maya site brimming with wonders. Explore the central plaza, the ball court, and the captivating Mahler Plaza. The highlight of this adventure awaits at Temple 216, where we’ll witness an awe-inspiring sunset over the surrounding lakes. Be prepared to be captivated by the magical colors painting the sky, while the echoes of howler monkeys immerse you in the wildness of nature. It will be an experience like no other, connecting you deeply with the natural world.
As the tour concludes, we’ll return to our private vehicle and embark on a thrilling 1.5-hour journey to Tikal National Park. Upon arrival, we’ll check in at the Jungle Lodge Hotel, nestled amidst the lush greenery.
The following day, brace yourself for an early awakening as we enter the mystical Tikal National Park. Our first destination will be the majestic Temple IV, where we’ll witness the mesmerizing sunrise over the ancient Maya city. If the weather permits, we’ll also have the opportunity to stargaze and learn about the cosmic connections the Maya believed in. Get ready for mind-blowing insights that will leave you in awe! We’ll have a delicious breakfast atop the temple before continuing our exploration of Tikal. From the iconic Temple of the Great Jaguar and Temple II to the mysterious Lost World complex, we’ll uncover the secrets of this ancient metropolis. Prepare to be immersed in the grandeur of the aristocracy’s palaces, marvel at Temple V, and admire the intricacies of Temple III. After the tour, we’ll return to the hotel for a well-deserved lunch.
Next, we’ll journey to the charming island of Flores, where we’ll check in at a comfortable hotel for a night of relaxation. The following day, you’ll have the morning to explore the island at your leisure. Immerse yourself in its colonial-Caribbean ambiance, interact with the locals, and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding lake. At midday, we’ll embark on a scenic 2-hour ride back to San Ignacio, where you can reflect on the incredible adventures and memories made during this extraordinary tour.
Join us for a captivating journey that blends ancient history, natural wonders, and unforgettable experiences. Let the spirit of adventure guide you as we explore Tikal and Yaxhá, revealing the secrets of the Maya civilization while immersing ourselves in the awe-inspiring beauty of Guatemala.
We will pick you up from La Aurora International Airport and take you on a scenic drive through Guatemala City, giving you a glimpse of our country’s capital from the comfort of the vehicle. Afterward, we will head towards La Antigua Guatemala, a journey that will take approximately 2 hours. Upon arrival, you will check into your hotel and begin your exploration of this historic City.
On the second day of our tour, we will start with a delightful breakfast before embarking on a captivating walking tour through the colonial city of Antigua. Prepare to be immersed in the rich history and charm of this incredible city as we visit its most significant historical sites. From ancient convents to the first Catholic churches in Guatemala and former government buildings that once housed the offices of Central America’s capital, there is so much to explore.
The beauty of this tour is its flexibility and adaptability to your interests. Our knowledgeable guide will cater to your preferences, whether you want to delve deeper into local markets and crafts, engage with the friendly locals, or even indulge in a rum tasting experience with the renowned Zacapa Centenario, a Guatemalan pride.
After lunch, we will venture towards the majestic Pacaya Volcano, one of Guatemala’s three active volcanoes. It will take us approximately an hour to reach the volcano from Antigua, and then we will embark on a thrilling 2-hour hike to its summit. Once atop, prepare to be mesmerized by unique panoramic views and feel the awe-inspiring power of nature as we witness the lava up close.
As the day comes to an end, we will return to Antigua.
On the third day of our tour, we will embark on a captivating journey to the stunning Lake Atitlan. We will pick you up from your hotel in Antigua at 6:00 am and start a scenic 2.5-hour drive westward, heading towards the department of Sololá, renowned for its rich Mayan traditions and culture.
Our destination is the picturesque town of Panajachel, situated on the shores of Lake Atitlan. Here, a waiting boat will be ready to take us on a mesmerizing excursion to two of the most beautiful Mayan villages: San Juan and Santiago. During our five-hour tour, we will have the opportunity to explore the hidden gems and marvel at the incredible sights in each village and of course see the incredible views of the lake.
San Juan is known for its vibrant traditional art, including vibrant textiles, unique paintings, and intricate crafts. We will visit local cooperatives and workshops, where talented artisans will share their ancient techniques and showcase their remarkable creations.
In Santiago, we will delve deeper into the Mayan culture as we visit the village’s sacred sites and learn about its spiritual beliefs. We will have the privilege of meeting a Maya shaman and gain insights into their rituals and ancient practices. The beauty of Lake Atitlan, framed by majestic volcanoes, will provide a breathtaking backdrop throughout our journey.
After our unforgettable experience, we will return to Panajachel, where you will have some free time to explore the town, immerse yourself in the local ambiance, and perhaps find the perfect souvenir to commemorate your visit. As the day draws to a close, we will begin our return journey to Antigua, arriving in time for a delightful dinner.
On the fourth day, which may be the longest but most captivating, we will embark on a remarkable journey to the awe-inspiring archaeological site of Tikal. We will pick you up from your hotel in Antigua at 3:00 am and transport you to La Aurora International Airport, where we will board a flight to Flores/Tikal.
Upon arrival in Flores, our team will be waiting to accompany you to the iconic Tikal National Park. In this exclusive private tour, you will have the opportunity to explore the extraordinary Mayan structures that continue to astonish humanity. As you venture into the heart of this ancient civilization, you will be immersed in a pristine rainforest, teeming with a diverse array of wildlife thriving in their natural habitat.
Prepare to connect with nature in an unforgettable way as you marvel at the towering pyramids, intricate temples, and sprawling plazas that reveal the ingenuity and grandeur of the Maya. As you wander through the mystical ruins, feel the energy of this sacred place and contemplate the rich history and spiritual significance that once permeated these ancient grounds.
After an enriching day of exploration, we will accompany you to Flores, where you will spend the night. Take the evening to relax, reflect on your incredible experiences, and perhaps indulge in the local cuisine and vibrant atmosphere of this charming town.
We will accompany you to Mundo Maya Airport in Flores to catch your flight back to Guatemala City. This marks the conclusion of our tour across our beautiful country.
NOTE: The Guatemala Express Tour is a private tour and is 100% customizable. It is important that you provide us with your arrival and departure flight schedules to Guatemala. Based on that, we can modify the itinerary in the best possible way to maximize your time.
4 Stars Hotel:
Antigua Guatemala: Hotel Convento Santa Catalina, Hotel Casa del Parque, Hotel Meson del Valle.
Flores: Hotel Isla de Flores, Hotel Maya Internacional
5 Stars Hotel:
Antigua Guatemala: Camino Real Antigua, Hotel Los Pasos, Porta Hotel, Hotel Casa Santo Domingo
Flores: Camino Real Tikal, Hotel Isla de Flores, Maya Internacional
Antigua Guatemala: Villa Bokeh, Hotel Pensativo
Flores: Bolontiku, Las Lagunas
Round-trip air ticket from Guatemala to Flores
Accommodation in double room (in case you buy the package with hotel included)
Boat Tour in the Lake Atitlan
Park admissions to all the activities
Breakfast (in case you take the package with hotel included)
Lunch (in Tikal)
One of the best experiences of your life 😁
Extra activity not described
Medications you may need
Lots of energy! 😝
* Children from 2 to 10 years old → US$ 850 * Infants from 0 to 2 years old → US$ 125
Please note that our tour has a no refund policy. We recommend considering travel insurance for your peace of mind.