Fly to the lakeside town of Flores, the last Mayan stronghold to fall to the Spanish invasion.
From Lake Atitlan drive back to Guatemala City in time for a domestic flight to Flores in the north of Guatemala. This brings you to another of Guatemala’s great lakes, Lake Peten Itza. Here you will stay at Las Lagunas, a 16-bedroom lodge on the shores of the lake and surrounded by pristine jungle. Las Lagunas has an excellent spa for rest and relaxation when you return from exploring the sites tucked into the rainforest.
A visit to the Tikal ruins is likely to be one of the highlights of any adventure in Guatemala. This vast citadel was once home to an estimated 50,000 inhabitants. Your guide will bring the ruins to life as you follow in the footsteps of Maya royalty and everyday people. Tikal National Park is home to hundreds of bird species, tropical flora, and monkeys chattering in the canopies above.
Tikal may be the primary reason for coming to this region, but we always suggest visiting the lesser-known sites of Yaxha and Topoxte while you are here. Arriving in the late afternoon, a climb to the top of Yaxha temple gives breathtaking views of the jungle canopy and lakes shimmering in the distance. Then board a boat and sail to the island ruins of Topoxte, taking in this densely shrouded site as the sun sets.