Tikal, Maya City of Voices
From the pier, transfer to a nearby airport for a 90-minute flight by chartered aircraft to the vast northern region of Petén. After disembarking the aircraft, enjoy a one-hour drive along a rain forest-lined road en route to the famous Mayan ruins of Tikal. Upon arrival, begin a guided hike along dirt roads and pathways that will lead you back in time. A mysterious realm unfolds as you enter the forest surrounding the ruins, and the Great Plaza will come into view. You will visit the Pyramid of the Great Jaguar, the Central Plaza, the Palace of the Masks and Pyramid IV. Marvel at the size of the Central Acropolis and the North Acropolis, as well as the temples that tower above the tree line. Lunch is served on the premises as you relax and reflect on your exclusive encounter with the magnificent remnants of the Mayan culture. If time permits, you’ll stop at the Sylvanus Morley Museum before you retrace your route by air and land back to the ship.
You must bring your passport with you. The walking tour takes three hours and covers 2½ miles of dirt roads and pathways with gradual inclines and stairways. Wear sturdy, comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes, a long-sleeved shirt and trousers; bring a waterproof jacket. A $3 per person airport security fee must be paid to the airport authorities on the return flight. A ship’s escort will travel with you to Tikal, where you will meet your tour guide. Tour is available only on select sailings.