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This trip was SUCH an adventure. We were coming from Antigua and our pick up was at 3:45am. We arrived to the airport at 4:30 and had a 6:30am flight to Flores. From Flores, we went into a shuttle and went DIRECTLY to Tikal and embarked on a 5 hour hike. We were so tired, but when you get to the site...you will be floored at the beauty. The entire trip was executed flawlessly. I recommend this to anyone who wants some serious hiking, likes a good workout, see history being made as parts of both Tikal and Yaxha are still under investigation, and loves adventure.
There are A LOT of mosquitos and bugs here. Pack bug spray, dryer sheets, cortisone...whatever you need to fight the army of bug bites you may get here...just a very humid location because you're in a rainforest. I would do it all over again!
This tour blew away my expectations!
We agreed our guide, Manuel, was the best guide we've ever had. He's been giving tours of Tikkal and Yaxha for 25 years and it shows! He's patient and knowledgeable, and he takes visitors through the sites in a unique way: unlike other guides who go straight for the big plazas first, he saves them for last. He even took us hiking off the paths so we could see the hidden back sides and ruins no one else visits!
The food was absolutely delicious! Both lunches were authentic Guatemalan 3-course spreads we even tried Maya nut chicken and soup! and the breakfast was filling and delicious.
And the hotel was the best hotel in the area -- a 5 store resort. After an early morning wake-up call to catch our flight and after hiking the ruins all day, it was just what we needed to relax and restore ourselves.
I highly recommend this trip!!
This tour from Guatemalan adventure is excellent except for the expensive hotel that they put us is in Camino Real Tikkal. Dinner and drinks are expensive so be prepared if in case you are on a budget. But the hotel has nice view of the lake and it is very pretty with all the ammenties. You might have to pay for wifi. We were taken on time to the airport small one beside the La aurora airport - sharing the same run way in the morning. Airport is little small and it is chaotic so be prepared and flights usually don't run on time. Make sure to have your passport. Tikkal and Yaxha are a long drive from the airport and also from each other. Our guide in Tikkal was Lopez was he was good and explained a lot about the ruins and the forests. It was a wonderful experience seeing the Mayan ruins and walking through the rainforests and getting to see all different animals and birds. Lunch is Tikkal that was provided is ok and not authentic. Yaxha was totally different compared to Tikkal it is small but very calm and peaceful away from all the crowds. We stopped at an authentic resturant for lunch and it was pretty good. We had finished our tour early so our guide took us to flores to spend some time near the lake and it was very beautiful.
Smooth travel arrangements, 2 delicious lunches, and 2 excellent guides. My only concern was that I would have liked to stay in Flores rather than in a hotel on the lake, a long distance away -- nonetheless, that hotel was lovely and relaxing after a strenuous day walking through Tikal.
Our trip was awesome! The tour was outstanding. Logistics upon arrival and at every single venue were spot on so we had the confidence of being cared for along the way to and from Antigua, the airport, the parks, and the hotel. Erdo, our guide simply made the trip! He was patient, informed, flexible to our needs, explained the Mayan history and culture with knowledge and pride, spoke English well, and was additionally an expert on birds, animals, and trees. To say the least, we learned a lot from Erdo.
Our night at the hotel Camino Real was great. We sampled the buffet of Guatemalan tipicos dishes and enjoyed the balmy night air along with the sounds of the woodlands around us.
As a frequent visitor to Guatemala, amid all the concerns regarding safety, I must say we never once felt any concern. This is in large part due to the confidence we had in the tight logistics. Someone always knew right where we were, and the arrangements were always in place: To pay the park fee, at our lunch stops, at the hotel reception, the early morning pickups. It means a lot to the traveler who may have heard of the safety concerns to have this kind of coordination. We were able to spend 100% of our time "taking it all in". I would say that a person looking for the jungle experience, needs to understand this is not Manhattan! Come prepared to walk, climb, and enjoy in "Guatemalan Time"! Many thanks to Viator for a spectacular experience!
We had fun. The tour guide for Tikal was okay and it rained heavy most of the day (hence the rain forest), but the experience was adventurous. Plus the lunch after the tour was great! The tour guide for Yaxha was a lot kinder and funnier. Easy hike, with the chance to climb up the stairs of the actual temples, as opposed to Tikal having modern wooden stairs. A lot quieter and less tourist, so intimate guided tour. Great service by driver and guide all day long.
The tour was expensive, I was not sure why it cost so much, but it was the only way to book to see the sites in the time available, so I booked it anyway. I found on the way once it was started, when I got to the airport at Tikal end that I was booked into a very pricey upmarket and remote hotel on the north shore of the lake for the overnight stay. There were no options given, this was booked upfront. This must have added considerably to the price I do not have a breakdown, nor how much Viator and the agent Guatemalan Adventures took as their fees it would have been so much nicer and cheaper to have the option to stay in a normal hotel in Flores or El Remate. Everything else about the tour was fine. The hotel option was a big disappointment.
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