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Archaeological Tours

Remains from the Mayan civilization that flourished from 700 B.C. to 900 A.D. can be found throughout Guatemala. Tikal is the most famous site, and for good reason: thousands of Mayan temples, pyramids, and other structures are tucked away in the dense, tropical forest. In addition to exploring the ruins, the native flora and fauna still flourish relatively undisturbed, so chances are you will catch glimpse of a howler monkey or a toucan. The abundance of history and wildlife in Tikal also means it is well worth the price of hiring a guide.

Another idea for a unique archaeological tour is a boat tour of the sites along the Usumacinta River, which divides Mexico and Guatemala. Explore Yaxchilan or Palenque in Mexico, and then from La Técnica or Bethel in Guatemala you can take a bus to Flores where you can make your way to Tikal. Package deals combining water and land transport are available from several transport agencies in Palenque and Flores for around $35.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Guatemala: Architecture In Guatemala and La Antigua Tours.








20 Jul 2010






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