Day 1, Tuesday: You fly from Cancun international airport to Flores, Guatemala where we will meet upon arrival. Private transportation will take us to Tikal National Park where we stay at the Jaguar Inn for night. This hotel is just a minute's walk away from the entrance of the Tikal archeological site. Spending the night inside the Tikal National Park allows us to see the park at sunset and sunrise; an unforgettable experience of beautiful colors and abundant wild life.
Day 2, Wednesday: The day begins with a fascinating guided tour of the Tikal ruins and National Park. We climb Tikal's highest pyramids to enjoy spectacular views over the vast Mayan jungle. Atop these temples and within the park, we’re given the opportunity to see an abundance of exotic wildlife such as toucans, coatis and monkeys. In the afternoon private transportation takes us to Yaxha, Guatemala, the starting point of our bicycle adventure (with optional horseback riding) for the next day. Yaxha has a comfortable campsite by the banks of its lake. We camp here and enjoy delicious local meals. At night we invite you to enjoy a guided night walk to explore nocturnal flora and fauna.
Day 3, Thursday: Today we follow a jungle road that leads us 17 km (11 miles) deeper into the jungle en route to another archaeological site, Nakum, Guatemala, For those that have off-road cycling experience this is a very enjoyable and challenging ride*. Another option is to ride a horse (no experience needed) to reach this amazing destination. After arriving to Nakum's beautiful campsite we explore the remote Mayan ruins hidden deep inside its protected jungle. Few people ever reach this ancient Mayan site where, to this day, excavations still continue.
Day 4, Friday: We leave Nakum and ride our bicycles or horses back to Yaxha to take a refreshing break at the lake before visiting the tall temples of its Mayan site. Climbing Yaxha’s highest temple at the end of the day rewards you with a breath-taking sunset view over the lakes and jungle of Yaxha National Park. We climb down and spend the night at the comfortable eco-lodge, El Sombrero.
Day 5, Saturday: We debrief and accompany you to the Flores airport for your return flight to Cancun. Duende Tours is ready and willing to assist you in the case that you wish to extend your trip to include an exploration of Tulum and the Mexican Riviera.
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