GUATEMALA

Tour duration: 8 days
Tour Rate: $3,995
The package rate applies for the duration of the tour (based on 1 person in a travel party), and include eco-lodges, parks’ entry fees, boat, road transportation (incl. airport transfers, city tour), meals and house beverages, naturalist guide/wildlife photographer, and 24-hour concierge at L' EcoResorts.

Guatemala trekking tour includes Guatemala City, the Peten, which comprise lowland jungle, and Maya Highlands – including Lake Atitlán and its environs.

Maya Biosphere Reserve covers 5.2 million-acres (2.1 million hectares) – roughly 60 percent of the Guatemala’s protected area and more than 10 percent of the country’s total land surface. The reserve is set within the frontiers of the lowland forest. A UNESCO-designated biosphere reserve, this biome is noted for its diversity of flora and fauna, including the scarlet macaw, the jaguar, the puma, the Guatemalan black howler monkey, and the baird’s tapir.

Guatemala trekking tour focuses on the country’s sparsely populated and natural areas, including its ecoregions with mangrove forests, wetlands, lakes, lagoons, rivers, and swamps.

Guatemala trekking tour is designed to maximize your chances of spotting and photographing the region’s wildlife. Our experienced naturalist guides study the animals’ behaviors and understand their habits and led tours in order to maximize sightings.

Maya archaeological sites add an element of archaeological history to the Guatemala trekking tour. “Tikal”, one of the most famous sites attracts visitors in greater numbers than the other Mayan ruin. Being the highest mountain range in Central America not formed by volcanic eruption; the Cuchumatanes contain lush vegetation, which is inhabited by some threatened species, including the Morelet’s tree frog, the Finca Chiblac Salamander, the Long-limbed Salamander, and the Jackson’s Climbing Salamander.

Lake Atitlán is the deepest lake in Central America and is categorized as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. The lake and its surrounding features were formed by volcanic activities.
Agriculture is predominant in the region and Mayan culture is alive and well here. You will tour local villages and notice a lifestyle that has been passed down for thousands of years. The natives take pride in their attire and you can see them dressed in traditional clothing.

With Guatemala trekking tour, you will not only indulge in the natural and wild aspect of Guatemala but also explore its rich history and age-old traditions.

Tour’s Program

  • You'll arrive in Guatemala City at La Aurora Airport (GUA), where you'll be greeted by your naturalist guide, and transported to your eco-lodge.
  • In the Tikal's region, you will meet the staff at your lodge and learn about its nature-based and guests' programs.
TIKAL/NORTHERN LOWLAND JUNGLE/PETEN

During the 8 century AD, Tikal's temples were built and at this time the region became a city of great importance to the Mayans. The population is estimated to have been about 100,000 during the period. For reasons unknown, the edifices at Tikal was basically abandoned during the 9th century and fell into disrepair, today the ruins serve as subjects for tourists' attractions and archaeological studies.

  • You'll embark on a hiking expedition of Tikal National Park and the visit the ruined Mayan city in the jungle, the Maya Biosphere Reserve, and go in search of the region's wildlife. Wildlife spotting in the park can include any of the 50+ mammal breeds (such as the spider monkey and the jaguar. Note: on the trails certain animals may prove harder to spot. Your guide is knowledgeable about the area and the behaviors of the animals, which may increases your chances of seeing them in the wild) and 300+ bird types, including the trogon, the motmot, parrots, woodpeckers, the manakin, the warbler, the wild turkey, and the montezuma oropendola (look out for their hanging woven nests built using fibers and vines).[Your guide is also a professional nature and wildlife photographer and can provide you with tips and guides on capturing your own images of the wild species]
  • You'll hike up Pacaya Volcano, an active volcano.
WESTERN HIGHLANDS

Extending from the outer area of Antigua and reaching the Mexican border, the Western Highlands of Guatemala comprises a natural scenic landscape. Its two main innate features are a collection of volcanoes on the southern side and the high Cuchumatanes mountain range that dominates the skyline in the north. The region’s is noted for its spectacular forested areas, lakes, streams, and verdant gorges and valleys. High and lower altitude has distinguishable plants and wildlife. And the Mayan cultures reign supreme here.

  • On day 5, you'll be transported to your second eco-lodge in the Mayan Highlands.
  • By boat, you'll explore Lake Atitlán - a beautiful volcanic lake embraced by tiny towns, including Santa Cruz La Laguna and the meditation village of San Marcos.
  • You'll hike (about 3 hours to the top) Volcano San Pedro along Lake Atitlán.
  • The tour will take you to Nebaj (Ixil), Chichicastenango, and Quetzaltenango (Xela); these are meccas for Mayan traditional cultures.
  • You'll trek the highlands passing maize fields, coffee fields, ancient tree jungles, and cloud forest.
GUATEMALA CITY
  • On this day, you'll return to Guatemala City and arrive at lodge. Here, you unwind and relax for your departure the next day.
  • You'll be transported to the airport for your flight out. Depending on your flight time, you may request a short tour of the city before your departure.
INCLUDED
  • Eco-lodges
  • Naturalist guide
  • Ground transportation (incl. airport transfers. city tour)
  • Sea transportation (incl. boat tours to Lake Atitlán)
  • Entry park fees
  • All meals and house beverages at the lodges/accommodations
  • 24-hour concierges at L' EcoResorts
NOT INCLUDED (separate vacation services and products)
  • Air flights (international)
  • Hotels (eco-lodges), service taxes/fees plus gratuity at an additional 22%
A tropical county, Guatemala boasts two distinct seasons, these are wet and dry seasons with some areas experiencing rain throughout the year and some parts remain arid and sunny. The season isn’t primarily a factor in the temperatures, but is influenced by elevations. Along the coasts are warmer and mountains and highlands are cooler, especially at nights through to early mornings.
  • December through to March is peak season in Guatemala and this period sees more tourists and matches with winter months in many northern countries. Peak season is also dry season here.
  • May through to October is rainy season and is concentrated in the rainforest such as Petén.
  • The price includes eco-lodges, parks’ entry fees, boat, road transportation (incl. airport transfers, city tour), meals and house beverages, naturalist guide, and 24-hour concierges at L' EcoResorts.
  • Ninety or more days prior to your arrival, 30% of the rate is required to confirm your reservation.
  • Thirty days or less and prior to your arrival, the full reservation amount is required. In the event of changes to the lodge reservation or the dates of your flights, by you, such a cancellation is subjected to 10% cancellation fee. Note: this refers to changes in your reservation only [see additional cancellation policy below].
  • The tour price is based on the number of persons indicated. For personalized group rates, please make inquiry with us regarding the package cost.
  • Participants shall have the ability to hike some easy and advance nature trails.
When you book your nature tour online through our website (lecoresorts.com), your reservation will be processed through our secure online payment system. When you first submit a "BOOK NOW" request, one of our agents will contact you to confirm your details. Once your reservation is confirmed, by you, you will receive a notification from us.

GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • The tours by L' EcoResorts are nature based, guided, and include walking through rainforests, mountain hiking, cycling, cruising and water rafting, and preserves/safari jaunts.
  • On rainforest tours, you can observe rare and weird species. The Amazon, for example, contains the world’s largest range of wildlife species. Living in the Amazon rainforest are over 40, 000 species of plants, 427 types of mammals (incl. jaguar, anteater, and giant otter), 1,300 varieties of birds, 378 breeds of reptiles (incl. boa), in excess of 400 classes of amphibians (incl. dart poison frogs) and roughly 3,000 categories of freshwater fish. Due to its vastness and some unreachable areas, many species in the Amazon remain undiscovered by scientists. Depending on where in the world your eco resort is located, the nature tour you booked will take you on an intriguing path within that region.
  • On safari tours in Africa, you will observe animals in their natural habitats such as giraffes, lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, zebras, gorillas, panthers, birds, and reptiles. [At L' EcoResorts, we do not offer or support sports hunting or trophy hunting, which is not the same as survival hunting by the native people or any persons who depends on this tradition/method for their food source].
  • On mountain tours, you will hike up some of the most spectacular mountains in the world, these include the Swiss and French Alps, the Andes, the Himalaya mountains, Blue Mountain Peaks (Jamaica), and the Rocky Mountains in Canada and the United States.
  • British Columbia, Canada, and Alaska, United States allow travelers to traverse some of the most spectacular natural land in North America. These sites include the Great Bear Forest, Denali National Park and Preserve (and mountain), Kenai Fjords, and Brooks Falls. The regions are notable for bear viewing, whale watching, and their remote wildernesses, icy seas, and glacial landscapes.
  • Most of the nature tours by L’ EcoResorts are available off-the-beaten paths, in the wild. But in some cases, some tours may be available on land governed by the state or other bodies. Travelers are responsible to pay any entrance fees or additional transportation fees for themselves and their groups in order to access such sites, unless otherwise stated. Additional transportation may include boat, train, and float plane. All information regarding your tour will be provided to you.
CANCELLATION POLICY

  • Cancellations made 91 days or more prior to travel, 90% refund will be granted, unless otherwise stated.
  • Cancellations made 90 to 31 days prior to travel, 50% refund will be granted, unless otherwise stated.
  • Cancellations made 30 days or less prior to travel no refunds will be granted.
Due the complexities of the various policies by international operators and other third parties in the regions where the nature tours are available, the "CANCELLATION POLICY" by L’ EcoResorts is structured to apply to all reservations.

  • We highly strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance prior to your tour.

DISCLAIMER

L' EcoResorts, its employees, its affiliates and their employees accept no responsibility, whatsoever, for travelers’ health and safety while they partake in a nature tour. While participating in the tours booked through L' EcoResorts, it is the sole responsibility of the traveler to secure their health and safety. It is further the responsibility of travelers to do health checkups and acquire a clean bill of health from a professional health care provider before embarking on any physical activities, therefore relieving L' EcoResorts, its partners, and its staffs from any blame as it relates to the health and safety of travelers.

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