Our Guatemala adventures are designed for travelers seeking a quick getaway to an exotic destination. The Tikal and Palenque Escape combines Latin America's most spectacular Maya ruins. Begin in Guatemala exploring temples amid jungle and wildlife at Tikal National Park, float downriver to Yaxchilan and Bonampak and experience the ancient Maya city of Palenque ending in Villahermosa, Mexico. By day expert Maya naturalist guides lead tours of the ruins while each night enjoy the regions finest hotels and lodges. Upscale hotels, transfers and guided explorations are included.
|Single room supplement|
Prices are per person based on double occupancy
$100 Surcharge during Holidays
Flores to Palenque every Wednesday or Saturday
Palenque to Flores every Wednesday or Sunday
Tikal National Park
Take advantage of new direct flights from Houston to Flores, Guatemala on Continental Airlines. The Tikal and Palenque Escape begins in:
Flores, Guatemala every Saturday or Wednesday
Villahermosa, Mexico every Sunday or Wednesday.
Day 1 - Arrive Flores, Guatemala
Our local representatives will meet you at Maya World International Airport (new official name of the Flores/Tikal Airport). Transfer to hotel located on the shore of Lake Peten Itza, only 5 minutes away.Accommodations: Hotel Peten EsplendidoIncluded Meals:
Day 2 - Tikal National Park
Spend the Day in the company of an expert Maya guide exploring the magnificent achievements of these fascinating ancient people. At its height Tikal was home to over 100,000 Maya and was a cultural and political center. It becomes easy to imagine life in the city as you explore temples, plazas, multi leveled palaces, ball courts and living areas. Howler and Spider monkeys, coatamundi, are commonly seen while the elusive jaguar and ocelot are know to survive in this protected rainforest reserve. Almost 300 species of bird have been identified in Tikal including toucans, motmots and parrots. At the days end return to your Flores hotel.
Many travelers choose to add another night in Flores to further explore the rich diversity of the Peten region. Additional nights cost $125 per night including breakfast.Accommodations: Hotel Peten EsplendidoIncluded Meals:
breakfast and lunch
Day 3 - Flores to Palenque along La Ruta Maya
Depart early for an incredible journey overland and by boat through the pristine rainforest jungles of the Peten to riverside Maya ruins of Yaxchilan and Bonampak. Cross the border into Mexico and travel north to Palenque. Overnight in Palenque.Accommodations: Hotel Villas Kin-ha Included Meals:
breakfast and lunch
Day 4 - Palenque
Enjoy a guided tour of the center of the ancient kingdom of Palenque. Your guides interpret the colorful history of one of the great cities of the Maya, famous for its Temple of the Inscriptions. Mid afternoon transfer to Villahermosa for overnight.Accommodations:
Olmeca PlazaIncluded Meals:
breakfast and lunch
Day 5 - Departure
Early morning hotel shuttle to Villahermosa Airport (VSA) for your departing flight.Accommodations:
Extend Your Trip:
Additional nights at the Hotel Peten Esplendido in Flores are available for $125 per night. Contact AdventureSmith for more details on extending this Tikal and Palenque Escape.
We may occasionally alter itineraries slightly for safety, or to take advantage of weather, wildlife, and unplanned discoveries. Our ability to be flexible makes our style of travel unique.
All lodging as listed on the itinerary or similar; meals as indicated; all airport/hotel transfers when arriving and departing the stated arrival and departure dates of the trip; all land, air and water transportation within destination; entrance fees to national parks and reserves as specified; and guide services as specified.
International airfare to/from the destination; excess baggage fees; the cost of obtaining passports; visas or tourist cards; airport arrival and departure taxes; border fees; meals not specified in the itinerary; alcoholic beverages; personal expenses such as room service; beverages and laundry; personal communication charges; and gratuities to tour escort, guides or drivers. US$30 departure tax out of Flores, Guatemala or US$25 departure tax out of Villahermosa City is not included. Departure taxes may be already charged in your international air ticket.
Rooms may be booked for single travelers for a $175 supplement.
Families & Children:
Children travel for the special rate of $510 per child under 12, sharing with two adults.
Arrival & Departure:
The Tikal and Palenque Escape begins in Flores, Guatemala. Please plan flights to arrive anytime on day 1 of the itinerary. The trip will end in Villahermosa. Schedule flights to depart anytime on day 5 from Villahermosa International Airport.
Payment & Cancellation:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $500 is required at the time of booking. A Reservation Form
, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 91 days - 50% of deposit
90 to 31 days - 50% of total trip cost
30 to 0 days - 100% of total trip cost
Terms & Conditions:
This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions
. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.
We highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance. Please note that you must purchase your travel insurance policy within 14 days of booking your trip for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions. Click the link below for a selection of policies from our partners at Travelex.
The Tikal and Palenque Escape includes a boat ride through rainforest jungle as well as exensive walking among ruins.
Within Tikal National Park, distances between temples are significant so travelers should be prepared to walk several miles while touring the ruins.