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Guatemala Adventure tour

Guatemala Adventure

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
9 days
From: $ 1,650 $ 183 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore Guatemala
  • Experience drive to Mario Dary Tropical Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Visit the Semuc Champey Natural Monument
  • Enjoy boat ride to Maya site of Aguateca and experience memorable hiking inside a natural limestone fissure used by the Maya as a defensive wall.
  • Drive to Tikal National Park

Short Description

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.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Guatemala
End City Guatemala

Trip Includes

  • 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.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Guatemala City

Accommodations: Biltmore Hotel

Upon arrival at the international airport in Guatemala City you are met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2: Mario Dary Tropical Cloud Forest Reserve

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodations: Casa Duranta

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.

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodations: Casa Duranta

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.

Day 4: San Simon River Tubing

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodations: Chiminos Island Lodge

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.

Day 5: Candelaria Cave Exploration

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodations: Chiminos Island Lodge

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.

Day 6: Aguateca

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodations: Tikal Inn

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.

Day 7: Tikal National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodations: Tikal Inn

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.

Day 8: Flores

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodations: Biltmore Hotel

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.

Day 9: Depart Guatemala City

Meals: Breakfast

Transfer to Guatemala City airport for your departure or begin your trip extension.

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Price Per Day: $ 183 per day
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  • Deposit Price: $ 500
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 450

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Accomodations

Tikal Inn

The Tikal Inn is only a 10-minute walk to the center of the Mayan ruins (Plaza Major). With traditional architecture, the Inn is located at the edge of the jungle. Its is one of two hotels within the boundaries of the National Park, surrounded by the pristine rainforest in Peten.

The Tikal Inn has 17 rooms as well as bungalows. All rooms have private bathrooms and are clean and simple. The area where the park is located has a tropical climate. Rain is falling all year round, especially between May and November. The rainiest months are June, September and October with levels that exceed 200 mm, the rest of the months are over 100 mm. The rain levels do not exceed 100 mm between December and March.

The Tikal Inn also features a swimming pool and in the hotel gardens you can admire the keel-billed toucans, howler and spider monkeys. The accommodations at the Tikal Inn include showers, two double beds, ceiling fans, private porch and a symphony, courtesy of the jungle. Since Tikal Inn is located in the National Park, the only source of power is a generator located at the research facility of the park. Therefore the hotel has limited electricity and no power between 10 PM and 6 AM.

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Guatemala City Hotel's "The Place to Meet" Wake up to brilliant, golden sunrises peeking over volcanic hills each morning you stay at our hotel's property in Guatemala City. The Crowne Plaza Guatemala hotel, located in beautiful Zona 13 and just two miles from La Aurora International Airport (GUA), offers both comfort and convenience. While in Guatemala City, guests find plenty of exciting attractions nearby, including the Central Market, Civic Center and Oakland Mall. Find out more about our culture by visiting the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, or take a day-trip to the charming city of Antigua. We're just minutes from "Zona Viva," too, where all the excitement happens! When you choose to stay with us in Guatemala City, our hotel provides perks like free high-speed, wireless Internet access, so you can keep in touch with the office. To help you relax, we also offer a wonderful spa with services like steambaths, saunas and massages, as well as the Crowne Plaza Sleep Advantage® Program amenity kit. Make your reservations today!  Come and enjoy the comfort of our rooms and feel at home

Candelaria Lodge

Candelaria Lodge meaning“little charm hotel” offers large rooms with private bathrooms and hot water. Each bungalow has a nice and unique sight over the amazing “mogotes” karstics covered of exuberant vegetation. They are surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens and original ¨ Ylang-ylangs ¨ plantings that spreads a relaxing perfum.

Located halfway off between Coban and Flores, between the beautiful Verapaz and the mythic Peten.

Cancellation Policy:

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

Additional Information:

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 21 days of booking your trip for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions

Trip level II

Our level two trips are designed for more ambitious travelers who enjoy some physical challenge. Expect three to six hours of activity each day over moderate terrain with occasional steep slopes and/or difficult footing. Travelers should be comfortable hiking or walking three to seven miles each day. Level two trips include opportunities for additional activities such as road or mountain biking, trekking, scuba diving, caving, white water rafting Class III-IV and more strenuous hiking. While most level two trips utilize lodges and hotels any trip that involves camping is rated level two.

Reservations

All persons wishing to make a reservation, and all persons who will be traveling, must complete and sign the Traveller Information Form. All reservations are made with Adventure Smith Travel Services Inc., d/b/a Adventure Smith Explorations. No person has any authority on Adventure Smith Explorations’ behalf to vary these terms and conditions.

Unused services & personal expenses

Regardless of any other term in this agreement, partial refunds are not available for unused services including but not limited to hotel rooms, meals, air or land transportation, activity days or other sightseeing excursions. You will not be reimbursed for any personal expenses such as airfare, hotel or other travel expenses due to changes in itineraries or cancellations. If a portion of the services of your tour are cancelled by us or our third party supplier because of an event within our control or the control of our third party supplier, and you are not offered a replacement or alternative, we will refund the cost of that portion of the services.

Severability

If any provision of this agreement shall be unenforceable or invalid under any applicable law, such unenforceability or invalidity shall not render the agreement unenforceable or invalid as a whole. Such unenforceable provision will be replaced with one that is valid and enforceable and which achieves, to the extent possible, the original objectives and intent of the original provision.

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • 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.

Meals Included:

8 Breakfast, 6 Lunches, 4 Dinner

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