For the Maya, red is the color of the east, symbol of rebirth and renewal. For early birds feeling “reborn and renewed” after their first night in the rainforest, we offer a unique chance to experience the jungle and its inhabitants come alive at dawn, while seated among ancient ruins.
Before sunrise we will take you by bus to the 222 square mile (575 sq. km.) National Park of Tikal located in the Maya Biosphere Reserve, the largest continuous rainforest in Central America. On the thirty-minute drive you can fortify yourself with a “box breakfast.”
Those for whom “rebirth and renewal” arrive after dawn can take their breakfast lakeside at the hotel and then go by bus to meet up with the early birds at Tikal.
Tikal is filled with huge temples to honor dead kings, storage houses and reservoirs to get through the dry season, ceremonial ball courts and twin pyramid plazas, and a labyrinthine palace to house royalty. In the park, we will move in small groups, each with a guide. For botany fans, a specialized guide will explain the infinite diversity of plant life.
Of course, Federico Fahsen will be with us. He will be stationed in the central plaza, in the shadow of two colossal temples, where he will be available to all. We will be served a hearty lunch inside the park. After lunch we will visit the Sylvanus Morley Museum, home to jade, bone and ceramic treasures unearthed in royal tombs, as well as several intricately carved limestone stelae.
Late afternoon we fly back to Guatemala City and the Quinta Real Hotel. A perfect finish to your Guatemala travel adventures!