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Guatemala Adventure

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9 days • Level 2 (Details)
    
Guatemala Adventure
This exciting adventure journeys into Guatemala's vast Peten region actively exploring spectacular nature reserves and ancient archeological sites. Hike wildlife rich rainforests, raft exciting whitewater rivers and explore underground through sacred limestone cave systems. Connect with local culture and join expert guides on activities with a focus on the region's nature, history and cu lture. Conclude your trip with an exploration of magnificent ancient city of Tikal, surrounded by pristine rainforest habitat of exotic birds and wildlife. Accommodations include boutique hotels and wilderness lodges. read more This exciting adventure journeys into Guatemala's vast Peten region actively exploring spectacular nature reserves and ancient archeological sites. Hike wildlife rich rainforests, raft exciting whitewater rivers and explore underground through sacred limestone cave systems. Connect with local culture and join expert guides on activities with a focus on the region's nature, history and culture. Conclude your trip with an exploration of magnificent ancient city of Tikal, surrounded by pristine rainforest habitat of exotic birds and wildlife. Accommodations include boutique hotels and wilderness lodges.
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Day 1 - Arrive Guatemala City

Day 2 - Mario Dary Tropical Cloud Forest Reserve

Day 3 - Semuc Champey Natural Monument & Lanquin National Park Caves

Day 4 - San Simon River Tubing

Day 5 - Candelaria Cave Exploration

Day 6 - Aguateca

Day 7 - Tikal National Park

Day 8 - Flores

Day 9 - Depart Guatemala City


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Day 1 - Arrive Guatemala City

Upon arrival at the international airport in Guatemala City you are met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Biltmore Hotel
MEALS:
n/a

Day 2 - Mario Dary Tropical Cloud Forest Reserve

Drive north to the Biotopo Mario Dary Rivera Nature Reserve where your naturalist guide will lead a three hour hike among a verdant world of waterfalls, orchids and ancient trees. The reserve is commonly known as the Biotopo del Quetzal, a protected habitat for Guatemala's national bird the Resplendent Quetzal. Arrive Coban in the mid-afternoon and visit the Verapaz Orchids Nursery where you will find thousands varieties of orchid Guatemala's national flower. This evening overnight at the centrally located Casa Duranta.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Casa Duranta
MEALS:
breakfast and lunch

Day 3 - Semuc Champey Natural Monument & Lanquin National Park Caves

Visit the Semuc Champey Natural Monument, near the Q'eqchi' Maya town of Lanquín. You'll see the landmark natural 984-foot limestone bridge, under which passes the Cahabòn River, and its series of stepped, turquoise pools, which are popular for swimming. Today also includes a visit to the caves at Lanquin National Park.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Casa Duranta
MEALS:
breakfast and lunch

Day 4 - San Simon River Tubing

This morning drive north to the San Simon River. A local community of Maya Keckchi has been equipped and trained to host a river tubing service in the San Simon River, through a limestone canyon. Continue north to the lowland rainforests of the Peten region and the village of Candelaria. Overnight at a jungle lodge located by the entrance to the Candelaria caves.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Chiminos Island Lodge
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - Candelaria Cave Exploration

Enter the underworld realm of Candeleria, an extensive limestone caves system considered to be the sacred entrance to the underworld by the ancient Maya. Caves National Park encompasses miles of caves containing spectacular limestone features and archeological evidence of ancient Maya ceremonies. Armed with headlamps, walk among magnificent limestone features and spectacular chambers. Emerge form the cave for the drive to the Pasion River. Board a small motorized launch for the scenic two-hour river journey to the Petexbatun Lagoon. Along the way watch for abundant bird and wildlife including spider and howler monkeys.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Chiminos Island Lodge
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - Aguateca

A short boat ride from the lodge leads to the Maya site of Aguateca, perched 300 feet above the lagoon. Hike inside a natural limestone fissure used by the Maya as a defensive wall. You may get a chance to see archeologists at work as this site is still being excavated. This afternoon transfer by boat and van to the ancient kingdom of Tikal. A short walk from the hotel leads to Tikal's central plaza, surrounded by great temples. Climb to the top for a stunning sunset over the ancient city and encroaching rainforest. Surrounding the temples, Tikal National Park encompasses miles of pristine rainforest habitat that is home to abundant flora and fauna, easily observed as you explore the ruins. Overnight within the National Park.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Tikal Inn
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 - 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, mult- 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 day's end relax at the hotel pool.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Tikal Inn
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 - Flores

You may wish to arise early for bird watching or climb an ancient temple to watch the sunrise. It is spectacular in the awakening rainforest to watch the early rays of dawn spread across the vast jungle canopy. Return mid-morning to Flores, a small town built on an island in Lake Peten Itza. Wander the narrow streets and hilltop central plaza flanked by charming houses, shops and restaurants with red tile roofs. From Flores, take a short scenic flight back to Guatemala City.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Biltmore Hotel
MEALS:
breakfast

Day 9 - Depart Guatemala City

Transfer to Guatemala City airport for your departure or begin your trip extension.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Itinerary Notes

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.

Arrival & Departure

The Guatemala Adventure begins and ends in Guatemala City. Please plan flights to arrive anytime on day 1 and to depart anytime on day 9 of the outlined itinerary from Guatemala International Airport.
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Prices listed are per person for double occupancy, unless noted otherwise. Contact the experts at AdventureSmith Explorations to book a departure.

$2750 - 2-3 Guests 2013-14

$2050 - 4-5 Guests 2013-14

$1650 - 6+ Guests 2013-14


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Included

Each itinerary includes 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 and water transportation within destination; entrance fees to national parks and reserves as specified; and guide services as specified.

Exclusions

International airfare to/from the destination; domestic flights between Flores and Guatemala City; excess baggage fees; the cost of obtaining passports; visas or tourist cards; airport arrival and departure taxes; 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.

Room Configuration

Rates are available for single travelers, with a single supplement of $300.

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.

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