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Tikal & Palenque Escape

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Tikal & Palenque Escape
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, then 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 you'll enjoy the region's finest hotels and lodges. Upscale hotels, transfers and guided explorations are included.

The Tikal & Palenque Escape begins in Flores, Guatemala, every Saturday or Wednesday, and in Villahermosa, Mexico, every Sunday or Wednesday.
read more 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, then 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 you'll enjoy the region's finest hotels and lodges. Upscale hotels, transfers and guided explorations are included.

The Tikal & Palenque Escape begins in Flores, Guatemala, every Saturday or Wednesday, and in Villahermosa, Mexico, every Sunday or Wednesday.
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Day 1 - Arrive Flores, Guatemala

Day 2 - Tikal National Park

Day 3 - Flores to Palenque along La Ruta Maya

Day 4 - Palenque, Mexico

Day 5 - Depart Villahermosa, Mexico


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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 Esplendido
MEALS:
n/a

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 day's 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 Esplendido
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
MEALS:
breakfast and lunch

Day 4 - Palenque, Mexico

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 Plaza
MEALS:
breakfast and lunch

Day 5 - Depart Villahermosa, Mexico

Early morning hotel shuttle to Villahermosa Airport (VSA) for your departing flight.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
n/a

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 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.

Activities

The Tikal and Palenque Escape includes a boat ride through rainforest jungle as well as exensive walking among ruins.
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Departs Weekly:
From Flores, Guatemala, Saturdays & Wednesdays. From Villahermosa, Mexico, Sundays & Wednesdays. Prices listed are per person for double occupancy, unless noted otherwise.

$1350 - 2-3 Guests 2013-14

$950 - 4-5 Guests 2013-14

$850 - 6+ Guests 2013-14


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Included

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

$100 surcharge during holiday departures. 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.

Room Configuration

Rooms may be booked for single travelers for a $150 supplement.

Families & Children

Children travel for the special rate of $510 per child under 12, sharing with two adults.

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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