Embark on this five-day Mayan journey through Guatemala, which features a mix of cultural and outdoor landmarks. Begin in Tikal, where a nature lodge awaits, along with a tour of Tikal National Park and its active monkeys and birds. Then, travel to Río Dulce and enjoy the river tour, as well as some birding. Next, explore the Quirigua Ruins and Mayan sculptures before traveling back to Guatemala City.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a welcome sunset around the Mayan temple in Yaxha
  • Visit Tikal National Park and its toucans and howler monkeys
  • Ride around the Río Dulce for spectacular birding opportunities
  • Discover the Mayan Quirigua Ruins and learn about their history

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Guatemala and Travel to Tikal National Park Tikal 
Day 2 Tour Tikal National Park and Travel to Río Dulce Río Dulce
Day 3 Tour Río Dulce Livingston
Day 4 Tour Quirigua Ruins and Travel to Guatemala City Guatemala City
Day 5 Depart From Guatemala City  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Guatemala and travel to Tikal National Park

Guatemala City
Guatemala City

Welcome to Guatemala City! A travel representative will meet you outside the airport. Upon arrival, you will be presented with a welcome packet with general information about your stay and the destinations slated for your itinerary.

At 11 am, catch your flight to Flores, Petén, and then transfer from Flores to Yaxha. Arrive just in time for sunset at this Mesoamerican archaeological site in the northeast of the Petén Basin region. Yaxha is a former ceremonial center and city of the pre-Columbian Mayan civilization. Yaxha was the third-largest city in the region and experienced its maximum power during the Early Classic period. At the temple, appreciate the beautiful sunset with a majestic view.

Then, check into your accommodations—a jungle lodge—around Tikal National Park before your tour tomorrow.

Day 2: Tour Tikal National Park and travel to Río Dulce

Tikal National Park, Petén.
Tikal National Park, Petén.

Join a 9 am tour of Tikal today. The protected area sits on the edge of the large Reserva de la Biósfera Maya. Keep an eye out for local species, like howler and spider monkeys and toucans and parakeets. Exploring Tikal will help you discover the Mayan vision and spirit.

The tour will be provided through the hotel, so be sure to confirm the accommodations upon check-in. Following the tour, enjoy lunch back at the hotel. Then, around 2 pm transfer to your next stop on the trip, Río Dulce. The Dulce River is contained within the department of Izabal. This lake and river system is a popular cruising destination, which you’ll get to take advantage of tomorrow. Upon arrival to Río Dulce, check into your accommodations, and enjoy the evening on your own.

Day 3: Tour Río Dulce

Rió Dulce
Río Dulce

This morning, board a boat at 8 am. Tour Río Dulce, or “Sweet Water,” which is considered a paradise for boaters, sailors, and cruisers, with cruise ships landing in Puerto Barrios. Many visitors come to enjoy birdwatching, where unique species of aquatic birds can be found, along with orchid spotting. The river is also a popular location for diving and fishing. Take a tour of the river and stop off to enjoy the warm hot springs and secret caves along the river's banks.

You will take a boat to Livingston, and then enjoy the evening at your leisure.

Day 4: Tour Quirigua Ruins and travel to Guatemala City

Quirigua, Izabal.
Quirigua Ruins

In the morning, board the boat from Livingston back to Río Dulce. At 9:30 am, explore the Quiriguá Ruins, an ancient Maya archeological site in the department of Izabal in southeastern Guatemala. The site of the ruins is nestled along the lower Motagua River. During the Mayan Classic Period, Quiriguá was in a crucial location, as it was situated in the junction of several important trade routes. Quiriguá shares its architectural and sculptural styles with the nearby Classic Period city of Copán and is closely entwined with the city’s history.

Following the tour of the ruins, transfer to Guatemala City. Enjoy your last night in Guatemala at your leisure.

Day 5: Depart from Guatemala City

Adiós, Guatemala!
Adiós, Guatemala!

Today, it is time to say goodbye to Guatemala. A private transfer will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to Guatemala City Airport. It is recommended to arrive at the airport 2 hours before your international flight home. Adiós!

Map

Map of Guatemala Mayan Journey: Tikal, Río Dulce, & Quirigua Ruins - 5 Days
Map of Guatemala Mayan Journey: Tikal, Río Dulce, & Quirigua Ruins - 5 Days