2 Days / 1 Nights
Howler Monkeys live high on tree-tops around archaeological sites in the Maya Biosphere Reserve, enjoying a healthy diet of fruits and green leaves. They resemble humans in that they, too, have five fingers, distinct faces and a "personality"... Their awesome roar can be heard miles away. Our Howler Monkey Trails consist of two days and one night, the first day in Tikal, overnight at Ni’tun Ecolodge on Lake Peten Itza and on the second day visit another Mayan Site or Nature Preserve in the region.
FOLLOW THIS EXAMPLE AND CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR
DAY 1 (L)
Hotel-airport-hotel transfers and domestic flight if starting your tour in Guatemala City. Ground transfer to Ni’tun, Tikal and to chosen archaeological site or nature preserve. Airport transfer to and from Flores or Santa Elena International Airport. Lunch and dinner on Day 1 and breakfast on Day 2. Overnight in Ni’tun Ecolodge. Permanent access to purified water and first aid kit.
What’s not included?
Park entrance fees the 1st day, alcoholic beverages, personal expenses, tips to porters and drivers.
PLEASE CHOOSE AMONG THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS FOR DAY TWO, USING THE ABOVE ITINERARY AS A MODEL.
Archaeological site 23 kilometers north of the Tikal National Park. Several architectural complexes may be appreciated as well as a private collection of Maya ceramics turned into the town’s museum. The site was studied by prominent Mayan scholar Sylvannus G. Morley during the 1930’s, who gave it its current name, which means "Stone 8" after a date found on one of the site’s stelae. However, Uaxactun’s ancient Maya name is known to epigraphers: Si’aan K’aan, which means "Born in Heaven".
Yaxha, which means "Green Water" in the Maya language. It is one of the largest Maya cities discovered so far in the lowland jungles of the Peten. The Yaxha Lagoon is one of the areas bestowed with some of the richest biodiversity around Guatemala. The views over the jungle’s canopy from the top of structure 216 are truly impressive.
Ceibal is partially cleared and restored and beautifully landscaped into a mixture of open plazas and untamed jungle. Many of the largest temples still lie burried under the jungle, but what the eyes can see are unique structures such as a round pyramid along with some of the stelae that depict odd characters whose non-Mayan features have puzzled scholars for years.
BUENA VISTA CLIFF
A truly impressive view of the Peten jungle may be appreciated from the Buena Vista Cliff at whose feet the San Pedro River springs into the surface at the edge of the Laguna del Tigre National Park. This is an adventurous and scenic drive up to the cliff and back in one day for the truly energetic individual who prefers not to camp after a beautiful day. Available from February to mid August.
This is an adventurous drive to the Maya Itza people’s Nature Preserve. We support the Bio Itza Committee in their efforts to preserve this small, yet interesting forest, which is found in the buffer zone area right next to the Tikal National Park and El Zots Biotope. The Maya Itza are the descendants of the ancient Maya, who built impressive temples over a thousand years ago and still live in the region speaking the Maya Itza language, the only Maya speaking people in the lowlands of Northern Guatemala.