Guatemala

 

Day 1 Tikal
Today you fly from the U.S.A. to Guatemala City where you will connect for a short flight to Flores, gateway to Tikal National Park. You will be met at the airport and taken to your jungle lodge. Stay at Nitun Lodge, a rustic jungle lodge with guest houses built in rock, sand, wood and thatched with palm leaves. Most of Ni'tun's walls are built in the antique Colojché style. Some of the walls were left without the plaster so the beautiful art of wood and sticks that lies beneath can be fully appreciated. All of the houses have private bathroom with spacious hot and cold water showers. The heart of Ni'tun is certainly in the kitchen where they love to cook and prepare daily dishes... most of the recipes are their own and ingredients are fresh. 
Overnight Nitun Lodge (B)

 

Day 2 Tikal
This morning you have a guided tour of Tikal National Park, the "New York City" of Mundo Maya (the Mayan World). The tour includes transfers, lunch, and entrance fees. Tikal has been a national park for more than 20 years. In addition to magnificent ruins, there's abundant wildlife such as peccaries, oscillated turkeys, howler monkeys, and a wide variety of birds. Tikal was important from the late Pre-classic Period until the end of the Classic Era (900 AD). At its peak the city covered about 48 square miles and had a population of 55,000.
Overnight Nitun Lodge (B/L)

 

Day 3 Tikal (Yaxha)
Yaxha is about an hour past Tikal towards Belize. It is located in the Maya Biosphere Reserve, and is still considerably covered by the jungle. The ruins are particularly interesting since they are still in the early stages of restoration. Being able to see the archeologists work will give you a greater appreciation of Tikal and the work of archeologists in general. It was in this general area that the popular TV series "Suvivor" was filmed.
Overnight Nitun Lodge (B)

 

Day 4 Tikal/Cayo District
Today you cross over the border to Belize on a 4 hour pleasant drive by vehicle. This area has a wonderful array of landscapes from lush rainforest to rolling farmland hills with rivers and caves dotted all over. You can explore caves, try adventure sports such as biking, canoeing, horseback riding and caving, as well as visit Maya sites such as Caracol, Xunantunich, or Cahal Pech. You will stay in Blancaneaux Lodge, ensconced in a region of pine forest, with modern comforts in a beautiful rural setting. One of Francis Ford Coppola's resorts, the lodge offers attentive staff, spacious accommodations, and experienced guides. Each bungalow features a soaring hand-woven thatched roof, artisan-crafted and antique colonial furnishings, and a luxurious Japanese bath with view of the jungle sky.
Overnight Blancaneaux Lodge (B)

 

Day 5 Cayo (Xunantunich)
Today you will enjoy a full day excursion to Xunantunich - "Stone Lady”" - an impressive archaeological site with its tallest structure "El Castillo" rising 130 ft. above the jungle canopy with an impressive stucco frieze on its eastern side. From the top of the temple there is an impressive view of the Maya Mountains, the jungles of Guatemala and the entire Cayo District. The city's buildings encase three plazas and its outskirts are sprinkled with mounds covering what were once houses.
Overnight Blancaneaux Lodge (B)

 

Day 6 Cayo
Today you are at leisure to enjoy the facilities of the lodge or explore the area around the hotel. 
Overnight Blancaneaux Lodge (B)

 

Day 7 Cayo/Belize City
The morning is at leisure and this afternoon you will be transferred from your hotel to Belize City. Enroute you will stop at the amazing Belize Zoo where you can get up close and personal with animals that are indigenous to Belize - the jaguar, the howler monkey and a very unusual type of pig. The zoo has been featured on the Discovery Channel and is popular with the locals, as well as tourists. In Belize City you will stay at the Radisson Fort George Hotel, an award-winning resort hotel facing the sea.
Overnight Radisson Fort George (B)

 

Day 8 Belize City/Depart
Today you will be transferred to Belize City airport for your flight back to the U.S.A.