Day 1: Travel to Bacalar, visit to Cenote Azul. We meet as a group in Playa Del Carmen and travel 5 hours south by first class bus to Bacalar Once in Bacalar, we will spend the remainder of the day enjoying a swim in Bacalar´s Cenote Azul. The Yucatan Peninsula has many cenotes, natural sinkholes or caverns, connected to an endless system of underground-rivers.
One of the most impressive cenotes is the 90 meter deep, clear-blue water, Cenote Azul. In the days of Spanish occupation, Bacalar was an important defense point as pirate ships used to visit the lagoon. Nowadays the old Spanish fort holds an interesting museum about the history of piracy. We’ll spend the night in typical Cabanas in preparation for the upcoming journey.
Day 2: Travel to Tikal. The next two days of the tour take us to and through Tikal, Guatemala: one of the lesser-known, but very impressive Mayan archaeological sites. Surrounded by lush jungle, these very well preserved ruins have become an increasingly popular attraction in Guatemala. Watching the sunset and sunrise atop the temples that overlook the vast jungles of the Mayan world are incredible sights you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
Day 3: Tikal ruins guided tour, sleep in Remate. We begin day 3 with a fascinating guided tour of Tikal ruins and National Park in the morning. Aside from climbing the tallest temples in Tikal, we’ll also have a chance to see exotic wildlife like toucans, coatis and monkeys. In the afternoon we will leave the park and head towards El Remate, Guatemala.
This eco-tourism village is situated on the shores of Lake Petén Itzá. We’ll get into our bathing suits and swim in the lake's transparent, turquoise waters! We’ll also meet some of the local woodcarvers who dedicate themselves to this wonderful forest-saving art. We’ll end the day by indulging in delicious cuisine at one of the local restaurants. And what community experience would be complete without a night in genuine typical limestone cabañas.
Day 4: Transfer to El Peru starting point and canoe to El Peru. After taking local transport deeper into the jungle, we will set off in canoes, paddling our way up the Rio San Pedro to the riverbank of El Peru, Guatemala. From these banks, we continue by foot to hidden Mayan ruins. One of the highlights of this pristine forest is the very rare and endangered Scarlet Macaw. There are only 132 breeding pairs of these beautiful parrots left between Mexico and Guatemala and we are given privilege of seeing them in their natural, and protected, habitat. We end the day at the campsite near the ruins.
Day 5: explore El Peru ruins. The fifth day is dedicated to an all-day exploration of the El Peru ruins. These very exclusive ruins are unreachable by road and only seen by a handful of people each year. At the end of the night we’ll return to the El Peru campsite to enjoy the delicious campfire meals that Duende Tours is famous for.
Day 6: Canoe back and transfer to Belize. We return by foot to our canoes and paddle to a pick-up point for our trip to the Cayo District, Belize. This area of the world is famous for its incredible natural beauty and magnificent caves. We will spend the night on a beautiful riverbank just outside Cayo's main town, San Ignacio in preparation for an exciting cave tour!
Day 7: Cave tubing in Belize and transfer to Corozal. We take full advantage of these natural wonders by touring through what the Mayans considered to be the underworld! These magnificent scenes are the product of thousands of years of nature’s work. At the end of this impressive tour, we travel north to Corozal, Belize, and spend the night at a local hotel.
Day 8: Travel to Tulum. At the end of our journey we cross the Belize – Mexico border and travel up the Riviera Maya, where, depending on departure schedules, we can explore coastal ruins and pristine beaches of Tulum, scuba dive in the world famous reefs of Cozumel, or sightsee in Playa Del Carmen or Cancun
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