After breakfast, your local guide will meet you at your hotel and you will head to Tikal National Park to begin your day of adventure. With your expert Mayan history guide, explore this massive, ancient Maya site and learn about the layout of the temples, architecture, history, and even some theories of why the Mayans disappeared. Keep your eyes out! You might see monkeys (spider and howler), parrots, macaws and toucans throughout the site. If you are really lucky, you may spot some of the ground mammals like the coatimundi or even the extremely rare jaguar that make their home in these forests. After the tour, enjoy lunch at a restaurant in the middle of the jungle.
Declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Tikal National Park shelters the remains of one of the largest and most important cities in the Pre-Hispanic history of the Maya Civilization, as well as 550 square kilometers of lush rain forest and its flora and fauna. The city of Tikal was inhabited for nearly 1,500 years, starting in the Mid Preclassic (800 BC), until it was abandoned during the 9th century. The structures and monuments found at this site relate the important role Tikal played in measuring time with the Long Count Calendar, and the commemoration of the beginning of various K´atun periods and of the Bak´tun 9. To this day, Tikal has the oldest Long Count date recorded in the Maya Lowlands (Stela 29, 292 AD), indicating that it was the first or one of the first cities to establish a dynastic government that recorded its rulers in stone stela with hieroglyphic inscriptions. Therefore, Tikal recorded a dynastic sequence of 33 successive kings.
On day 8 it’s time to depart. After breakfast, your driver will transfer you to the Flores airport for your flight to Guatemala City where you will check in for your onward flight home.