Grand Maya Escape
On the Grand Maya Escape, explore famed Maya archeological wonders including Copan, Quiriqua, Tikal, Yaxchilan, Bonampak and Palenque. Throughout the journey expert guides weave a rich tapestry of ancient Maya mythology and modern Maya culture. The Grand Maya Escape also features abundant rainforest birds and wildlife in Central America’s most diverse jungle environments. Upscale hotels, transfers and guided explorations are included.
Take in an outstanding collection of original Guatemalan monuments and ceramics at the Guatemala National Museum of Archeology and Ethnology. Visit multiple UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Copan Archaeological Site and Museum of Sculptures, the Quirigua Archaeological Site and the Palenque Archaeological Site and Museum. Photograph the detailed Maya carvings at Copan. Spend the day with an expert Maya guide exploring the temples, plazas, multi-leveled palaces, ball courts and living areas of Tikal National Park.
Seek out howler and spider monkeys, coatamundi, the elusive jaguar and ocelot in a protected rainforest reserve. Birders will delight in watching for the almost 300 species of birds have been identified in Tikal including toucans, motmots and parrots. Escape and unwind while visiting a series of emerald blue pools set within lush tropical forest. Learn from history at the Yaxha, Bonampak and Yaxchilan Archaeological Sites. Top off the trip with a scenic boat ride down the Maya’s main highway, the Usumacinta River.
Spend nights at upscale, tranquil retreats that offer both lakefront and jungle settings. On this 9-day land tour across Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico, take in Maya culture and tropical environments, revealing a rich culture and history.
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