Including the Copan Ruins, Honduras
Guatemala is beautiful and wonderful. With ancient Mayan ruins, a great variety of birds, wildlife and friendly locals, Guatemala is a place you won’t forget! On this adventure trip we will retrace the steps of the Mayans. We also have some great adventures of our own!!
This trip starts with a day tour of Guatemala City before heading to Copan Ruinas, Honduras. After that, a week spent along the Rio Dulce and then we will head to Tikal, passing through Poptun for a bit of spelunking.
Highlights: 1) Walking through the jungles of Tikal amidst towering ruins, monkeys and birds. 2) Exploring and birding along the Rio Dulce. 3) Swimming and walking through beautiful caves.
Printable Bird List
(This is a checklist of the birds that we have seen on this trip)
8 Travelers plus guides
Rate per Person = $2,850
(based on double occupancy)
Rate for Single = $3,350
Inclusive: One one-way domestic flight, domestic transfers, lodging, breakfast, lunch, dinner on days 2 - 16, scheduled group tours, entrance fees & Access America Deluxe travel health insurance.
Exclusive: International airfare, customs & immigration fees and visas, meals on the first and last day, alcohol, personal expenses such as souvenirs and expenses relating to personal choices during free time, tips for guides.
Day 1: Guatemala City (fly day)
Arrival in Guatemala; we will try and coordinate our flights to arrive in Guatemala City together. Flights usually arrive in the evening, so we will head directly to the hotel.
Day 2: Guatemala City (culture day)
Today we will visit the historic plaza and former presidential palace as well as the modern downtown area of Guatemala City.
Day 3: Copan Ruinas, Honduras (travel day)
We will be taking a luxury bus to Copan Ruinas, Honduras. There we will spend the afternoon getting to know this quaint town.
Day 4: Copan Ruinas, Honduras (birding & culture day)
The Copan Ruins of Honduras are considered some of the most beautiful ruins left by the Mayans. The artwork here is impressive. The ruins area is great for spotting birds. The museum is amazing.
Day 5: Copan Ruinas, Honduras (birding & adventure day)
Just outside of town is the Macaw Mountain Bird Park. There are parrots and macaws here to interact with. The park is also a beautiful forested area along the river where wild birds can be seen. In the afternoon we will be back at the Copan Ruins in search of birds. There is a beautiful nature trail here.
Day 6: Rio Dulce (travel day)
A Shuttle ride north, back into Guatemala, will take us to the Rio Dulce. We will be staying at the Tijax Lodge; great accommodations on the river and a very special place.
Day 7: Rio Dulce (birding & adventure day)
Today we will have a rainforest tour and then spend the afternoon exploring the trails and country roads around Tijax. This area is abundant with birds.
Day 8: Rio Tatin (travel & leisure day)
From the Tijax Lodge we will take a water taxi tour down the river to a tributary of the Rio Dulce called the Rio Tatin. We will be staying at a very tranquil spot call Finca Tatin. This wonderful spot is a great place to relax, swim, snooze in a hammock and look for birds. There is a cave here for some great exploring, as well as great walking trails.
Day 9: Rio Tatin (birding & adventure day)
Not far from the Rio Tatin is another tributary called the Rio Lampara. In this area there is a Manatee Reserve. Will be taking a day trip to explore this area and visit the Hotelito Perdido. Or if you prefer, you can take a short boat ride to where the Rio Dulce meets the Caribbean in the Bahia de Amatiqu to a Caribbean town called Livingston.
Day10: Poptun (travel day)
A 1 hour boat ride back up the Rio Dulce and a 2 hour bus ride will bring us to Finca Ixobel. Finca Ixobel is a working ranch, organic farm and bakery. The food here is a very special treat. .
Day 11: Poptun (birding & adventure day)
Finca Ixobel has beautiful grounds for watching birds. There are three very kool caves to explore. One cave is so large there is a river and waterfall in the cave and you have to swim through much of the cave!
Day 13: Tikal (birding & culture day)
We will spend the day touring the ruins, watching wildlife and birds. The monkeys at Tikal are fascinating to watch. There are both Howlers and Spider Monkeys here.
Day 14: Tikal (birding & culture day)
There is a lot to see at Tikal, so another day of exploring the Park. There is also a lot of great shopping at the entrance to the park.
Day 15: Flores (culture & shopping day)
A short taxi ride will bring us to Flores, which is a beautiful town located on a peninsula in Lake Peten. We will be staying at Hotel Casona de la Isla.
Day 16: Guatemala City (leisure & shopping day)
We have an early flight back to Guatemala City where we will have time to relax and reflect at our hotel before flying back home.
Day 17: Fly Home (tears & smile day)
Flights usually leave in the morning, so getting to the airport and getting home is our only activity for the day.
Please note: The lodging described in this itinerary is always our first choice based on availability. If we must book with our second choice, the lodging type and style is comparable.
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