Guatemala, Tikal & Rio Dulce

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20242025

Unforgettable Adventures Await: Tikal Tours From Flores

A Tikal tour from Flores takes you through captivating sights, adventures, and activities to create memories that will last a lifetime. Explore the mysteries of a crumbling city, once lost in time and concealed by thick vegetation. Tikal, once one of the greatest Mayan cities, boasts remarkable constructions and towering pyramid-style temples that still stand tall today. 

Follow in the footsteps of European explorers who discovered the ruins in the mid-19th century and history enthusiasts who have flocked to the site ever since. While in Guatemala, make the most of your journey by visiting the colorful, colonial-style town of Flores. 

The Ruins of Tikal: A Rich History

Flanked by lush vegetation and nearly concealed in the heart of the jungle, the ruins of Tikal sit, remaining a testament to years gone by. Tikal, known initially as Yax Mutal in honor of ruler Yax Ehb Xook, was once one of the greatest Mayan cities. 

For many years, it flourished, housing many people that bustled around its streets, plazas, and palaces. It boasted remarkable construction for its time, featuring massive Mayan pyramid-style temples, several of which still tower over the city today. 

Its origins date as far back as 1000 B.C., although some believe it originated in around 700 B.C. The timeline is fuzzy, as pinpointing exact origins can be tricky, but most historians agree on this general origin. 

The city saw ups and downs throughout the years, with booming years when the city flourished and lows plagued by disease and starvation. Eventually, around 900 A.D., the city began its final decline, much like the rest of the Mayan empire. 

Historians believe a combination of factors led to its demise. Incessant warfare took its toll, and combined with severe droughts, epidemic disease, crop failure, and overpopulation, the city began to implode. Today, we call this period the collapse of Classic Maya. 

Soon, the city was gutted, becoming a shell of its former self. The buildings sat empty, and the streets were void of the previous hustle and bustle. For many years, the city was vacant, save for a few migrant farmers. 

In the 1500s, Spanish colonists arrived in the area, but Tikal remained hidden, concealed by the thick jungle. It wasn’t until the mid-19th century that European explorers “discovered” the ruins, stumbling upon them as they traversed the area. 

After discovery, Tikal became an intriguing mystery for historians and archaeologists alike. They flocked to the site, excitedly uncovering rich pieces of history that paint a picture of what life was like in Tikal. In the following years, Tikal became a popular tourist destination and eventually earned a place as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of Tikal National Park.

Exploring Flores

Nestled on beautiful Lake Peten Itza, just one hour south of Tikal, Flores Island is a must-see on your journey through Guatemala. This picturesque town is teeming with captivating sights and entertaining activities to fill your days. 

It’s a small island situated on Lake Peten Itza in Peten, Guatemala. The quaint town is bursting with colors, boasting vibrant hues along buildings, boats, and streets stretched throughout it. Its colonial-style houses and laid-back atmosphere lend to its charming character. 

As you meander through the streets, take time to stop at booths and shops along the way for souvenirs and handicrafts to remember your time here. Enjoy delectable cuisine and beverages at local eateries and cafes to keep you full as you shop. 

Maximizing Your Tikal Tour From Flores

When visiting Guatemala, Tikal and Flores are worthwhile visits. The former is famous for its rich history, while the latter is a must-see for its quaint, colorful style. To maximize your Guatemala trip, tick both off your bucket list in one Guatemalan adventure. 

There are a handful of ways to do this. If you want to focus on Tikal and Flores on your trip, you might choose to stay in the area and look for Tikal day tours from Flores. This is an excellent option for those who prefer to plan the details of their trip themselves, as it gives you more flexibility to choose where you want to go and when. 

In contrast, you might prefer the convenience of a fully guided trip. If that sounds like you, you may choose to tour Tikal from Flores as part of a pre-planned trip. With our guided tours at Caravan, you’re along for the ride, meaning we handle the details for you so you can enjoy your trip. We plan your itinerary, ticking off must-see places and activities throughout Guatemala to maximize your adventure.

Days four and five of our Guatemala, Tikal, and Rio Dulce tour will take you to Tiakl and Flores Island, with a full day dedicated to exploring the ruins of Tikal.

Make the Most of a Guatemalan Adventure With Caravan

Whether interested in history, culture, or simply soaking up the local atmosphere, Tikal and Flores offer an unforgettable adventure that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. If you’re excited to dive into the adventures that await you in Guatemala, a guided tour might be the perfect fit. 

Our Guatemala, Tikal, and Rio Dulce tour takes you to Tikal and Flores, among other places, ensuring you can make the most of your trip. While you’ll still have plenty of time to shop, relax, and complete activities of your choosing, we cover the details for you, from transportation and lodgings to food and activities. Ready to book an adventure? Call us at 1-800-CARAVAN or 1-312-321-9800 to get started!

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2024 Hotels

Accommodations in the hotels and lodges are rooms with two beds and private bath or shower. A limited number of single rooms are available. Triple rooms are usually two beds.


Barcelo Guatemala City

Days 1, 2 • Guatemala City

Barcelo Guatemala City

Barcelo Guatemala City

The Barcelo Guatemala City hotel is located in the heart of Guatemala City. This full service hotel features shops, a sports center, sauna, jacuzzi, large outdoor swimming pool, beauty shop and other facilities. Free WiFi.


Hotel Camino Real Tikal

Days 3, 4 • Lake Petén Itzá

Hotel Camino Real Tikal

Hotel Camino Real Tikal

Hotel Camino Real Tikal is located in the Petén jungle and on the shores of Lake Petén Itzá. All rooms have air conditioning and feature a private balcony with lake views. The hotel has a pool, jacuzzi and a traditional Mayan sauna Bath, known as “Temazcal.” Free WiFi.


Hotel Catamaran

Days 5, 6 • Rio Dulce

Hotel Catamaran

Hotel Catamaran

Hotel Catamaran is located on a private island and is just a 5 minute boat ride from Rio Dulce bridge. All accommodations consist of individual rustic wood bungalows equipped with air conditioning. This riverside retreat has a pool, main restaurant and two inviting bars offering picturesque views of the Rio Dulce river. Free WiFi.


Barcelo Guatemala City

Day 7 • Guatemala City

Barcelo Guatemala City

Barcelo Guatemala City

The Barcelo Guatemala City hotel is located in the heart of Guatemala City. This full service hotel features shops, a sports center, sauna, jacuzzi, large outdoor swimming pool, beauty shop and other facilities. Free WiFi.

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Airport Transfers

arrival Transfers

Transfer on your own from La Aurora International Airport (GUA) to your hotel, the Barcelo Guatemala City (7a Avenida 15 45 zona 9) in Guatemala City. Once you have exited customs and collected your baggage at the airport, proceed to the sidewalk outside of the main entrance. There, you will see white cars with the words "AirporTaxi Guatemala" on the rear passenger side door. This is the signage for the official taxi service of La Aurora International Airport. You can request your taxi here. The driving time from the airport to the hotel is approximately 10-20 minutes, depending on traffic. The cost will range from $10-$15 US Dollars plus tip. Payment is accepted in US dollars or Guatemala Quetzales, credit cards are not accepted. A currency exchange and ATMs are located inside the airport. When you arrive at your hotel, please identify yourself as a Caravan tour member to the front desk personnel.

departure Transfers

Caravan provides departure transfers from the Barcelo Hotel in Guatemala City to La Aurora Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Transfers are provided throughout the day on the day the tour ends.

Airfare is not included or sold by Caravan.

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Passports & Visas

Guatemala requires a current U.S. passport valid for six months after your date of entry. Non U.S. citizens, please check passport and visa requirements. It is recommended that children under 18 years old traveling internationally without both parents or legal guardians, carry a notarized letter of authorization signed by the missing parent(s) or guardian(s). A notarized birth certificate showing only one parent, a parent’s death certificate, or a court order of child custody may also be permissible. Failure to have proper documentation could result in denial of boarding by the airline, due to international child protection laws.

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Weather & Clothing

Temperature °F (high/low) Rainfall (inches)

Guatemala CityTikal
TempRainTempRain
Jan74/560.178/630.8
Feb76/570.180/640.5
Mar78/590.285/650.6
Apr80/610.989/670.4
May79/633.490/711.8
Jun76/636.388/723.4
Jul76/625.087/713.7
Aug76/625.587/712.6
Sep75/626.486/712.7
Oct74/614.283/692.4
Nov73/591.381/661.4
Dec73/570.378/650.7

Temperature °F (high/low) Rainfall (inches)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Guatemala City
temp74/5676/5778/5980/6179/6376/6376/6276/6275/6274/6173/5973/57
rainfall0.10.10.20.93.46.35.05.56.44.21.30.3
Tikal
temp78/6380/6485/6589/6790/7188/7287/7187/7186/7183/6981/6678/65
rainfall0.80.50.60.41.83.43.72.62.72.41.40.7

Clothing Tips

This is a casual tour. Casual wear is suggested for sightseeing and daytime travelling. Dress code for most evenings is smart casual. See Travel Tips for more details.

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Travel Tips & FAQs

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Tour Elevations

The elevation in Guatemala City is 4,900 feet above sea level. The elevation at Lake Petén Itzá in Petén is 600 feet above sea level. The elevation at Catamaran Island in Rio Dulce is 9 feet above sea level.

Food in Guatemala

Food is a combination of traditional mild Guatemalan cuisine and European-style cusines. Meals are offered on a set menu and we regret no special diets can be accommodated. Dining on your own can increase health risks.

Fishing and Golf

You would have to arrange some independent extra days of travel, we do not visit areas where this can be undertaken easily. There is world class fishing off the Pacific coast of Guatemala and golf is available through private clubs only.

Car Rentals

Driving conditions can be erratic and difficult for those not used to the region. We do not recommend self-drive visits.

Rainy Season in Guatemala

May though September, although it does not rain all day, neither does it rain every day.

National Holidays in Guatemala

New Year's Day (January 1st), Easter (March/April Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday), Labor Day (May 1st), Army Day (June 30th), Virgin de La Asuncion (August 15th), Independence Day (September 15th), Revolution of 1944 (October 20th), All Saint's Day (November 1st), Christmas Day (December 25th) New Year's Eve (afternoon of December 31st).

My Tour Price Includes

Virtually everything! Hotels, most meals, all of the activities described in the itinerary, airport departure transfers, gratuities to hotel porters and restaurant staff. Caravan’s professional Tour Directors and local guides will be with you every step of the way, ensuring a worry free vacation. They are fluent in English, experienced and fun, ensuring a worry-free vacation.

Preparing for the Tropics

It is recommended to bring at least one pair of quick-dry pants and one quick-dry shirt. The quick-dry pants that zip at the knee to convert into shorts are particularly popular. Be sure to also bring a sweater or jacket for the cooler night temperatures. Caravan does not make product endorsements, but many feel that Avon Skin So Soft oil (not cream), or Avon's Expedition anti-mosquito spray is effective protection against mosquito bites in the jungle. Caravan does not endorse any vitamin, but please note that Central American pharmacies sell 500 milligram Vitamin B-1 tablets, a non-prescription vitamin, as "anti-mosquito" pills. Many people take Vitamin B-1 pills and eat garlic for about two weeks prior to and during their visits to the jungle because they believe that the smell of Vitamin B-1 and garlic repels mosquitoes. If you believe this may be of value, consult your doctor for further information on Vitamin B-1 and garlic. Many also avoid eating bananas in the rainforest, as it is believed that this smell attracts mosquitoes. Also, it is wise to wear light-weight quick-dry long-sleeved pants and shirts in these tropical areas.

Are meals included?

Included meals for each tour are listed at the end of each day. Meals are shown by B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner). Full, buffet, or deluxe continental breakfasts are included everywhere. Free bottled water is provided on the motorcoach. Alcoholic beverages are not included unless specified.

Children on Tour

Children age five (5) and older are welcome on tour when accompanied by an adult. Usually, children travel during the school vacation months of June, July and August, and also during spring and winter school breaks.

Family Trips

Families are always welcome on any of our tours, but we do not have any programs specifically for or limited to families. Families can make specific requests for connecting, adjacent, triple or quad rooms, when available. Children must be at least 5 years old.

My Tour Price Does Not Include

Prices do not include air travel, country entry or departure fees, airport porters, visas, phone calls, valet, laundry, all items of a personal nature, extra food and beverages not on the regular menu, and tips to the Caravan Tour Director, driver, and local guides. General fees and taxes are additional and listed separately beneath each tour’s price.

Age of Travelers on a Caravan Tour

Usually, you find a mix of different age adult travelers on a Caravan Tour. Children age five (5) and older are welcome, and children usually join tours offered during Christmas holidays, summer vacation and spring break vacation.

Forms of Payment

Caravan accepts payment (in U.S. funds only) via MasterCard, Visa, or Discover.

Many Tours Sell Out Each Year

The farther in advance that you book, the more likely it is that your preferred tour will be open. Late bookings are welcome if the space is still available.

Fully Guided Tours Since 1952

Caravan has been offering fully guided tours worldwide under the same family ownership and management since 1952. Caravan understands and truly cares about your great expectations.

Size of Tour Group

Group sizes will vary depending on the reserved rooms at the hotels and the capacity of the boats and motorcoaches used. Usually, group sizes range from 30 to 44 passengers.

A Well-Paced Itinerary

A well-paced and unhurried itinerary is our goal, after all, you are on vacation! Touring days begin and end at reasonable hours and include frequent stops. While the occasional early morning departure is necessary, we do our best to ensure a leisurely vacation.

Caravan’s $129 Travel Protection

Caravan Travel Protection offers peace of mind if you cancel for any reason whatsoever prior to the departure of the tour. The travel protection plan also includes air, baggage, evacuation, medical, and quarantine coverage. The cost is $129.

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Customer Reviews

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"This was our 8th Caravan tour, so that should speak to how we feel about Caravan Tours. We recommend it to all our friends. Without a doubt the sightseeing was absolutely beautiful. Mountains, volcanoes, and lakes made for wonderful pictures. Highly enjoyed visiting museums and Mayan ruins. Memory of a lifetime. Outstanding meals, everything was a treat and we could not be more pleased. Thank you so much for every safe and enjoyable voyage."

Mr. & Mrs. C.E., Clarksville, Georgia

"The ruins, sights and tours were wonderful, but it is the Guatemalan people I remember best. I think I left a little piece of my heart in Guatemala."

Ms. P.F., Oceanside, California

"This was a trip of a lifetime. The overwhelming beauty of Lake Atitlan. Everywhere we went, we were amazed. I give our tour director six stars or even seven. Her knowledge and passion about her country, her energy, her care for us, her sense of humor and storytelling ability was all outstanding. She really made the trip for us. The driver and the local guides were also excellent. We had a good-sized group with a wide range of age and experience. The food was wonderful, the hotels were nice. Caravan is a class act and this is a wonderful tour."

Mr. H.E., Arlington, Virginia

"I travel a great deal and have lived overseas. This was my first organized group tour and it exceeded ALL expectations."

Ms. P.D., Chicago, Illinois

"Overall a very positive and priceless experience with lingering pleasant memories. The hotels can best be described as exceptional. Each presented with a different theme of splendor. The investment in their guests was outstanding with special attention to guests of all ages. All hotel employees were guest-oriented with untiring attention. The meals were a gourmet delight of local cuisines intertwined with conventional recipes. Our activities were well-organized with the traveler’s interest of paramount importance. Our driver can best be remembered as a remarkable individual who developed great admiration and respect from every traveler. He was energetic, industrious, and dedicated to ensuring the safety and comfort of his passengers. And what a magnificent tour director we had. His broad range of knowledge and interest, as related to the Mayan history and country of Guatemala, was presented with intellectual enthusiasm. A gifted guide with a wide range of stellar interests. This writer remains a Caravan supporter for life."

Mr. K.R., Washington, D.C.

"As a first timer with Caravan, I won’t hesitate to recommend that others experience what you offer. Enjoyed everything we saw and experienced. Hotels were excellent, locations were great. I have done quite a lot of travel and tours. Ours was the best director I’ve experienced. An extraordinary communicator, her passion for her country and knowledge is exceptional. She is also very relatable. I will look forward to future travel with you."

Mrs. E.D., Federal, Washington

"Premier first class hotels. We saw so many wonderful things, dances, museums, boat cruises, ceramics, weavings, festivities. Very knowledgeable director, excellent in current affairs, history, the culture - and appropriately shared it with us. Very good at figuring the logistics and keeping us moving without a hitch. Thank you Caravan, excellent value for money and very fun."

Mr. & Mrs. H.H., Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Why Travel with Caravan?

Excellence Since 1952

You can trust our years of experience with tours of superb quality and excellent value. Caravan has enjoyed the same family management and ownership since 1952.

PanAm Jet
In 1959, Pan Am invited Caravan to be the very first tour company to fly their clients on its new line of Clipper Jets.
Vintage Motorcoach
In 1964, Caravan introduced the very first fleet of air conditioned motorcoaches in all of Europe.
Leather Back Turtle Park
Caravan is a proud supporter of the Leatherback Turtle National Park and Costa Rica's efforts to protect this endangered giant.
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Caravan Care

For your safety, Caravan cancelled most 2020 and all 2021 tour departures and refunded 100% of all payments received. See Caravan’s Covid-19 Terms of Travel.

Caravan's Proud History

In 1965, Roger Mudd hosted a two-hour CBS TV special on Caravan Tours. This TV production took about one month to make and was so successful it inspired the 1968 romantic comedy movie “If it’s Tuesday this must be Belgium.” In the early 50’s the Mayor of Dublin presented Caravan with the Key to Dublin for bringing the first American tour to the city after WWII. Since then, Caravan has been recognized as a pioneer in travel. You can trust in our stability, experience and dedication to quality.

Great Hotels

Stay at park lodges, scenic resorts, and excellent hotels in great locations. See hotel descriptions on each tour page.

Meals

Most meals included within Latin America. For USA and Canada tours, included meals are listed on each itinerary page. Bottled water is provided on motorcoaches in Latin America.

Complete Sightseeing

Enjoy complete sightseeing with more visits, extra features, and local guides.

Fully Guided by Tour Directors

All tours conducted from start to finish by professional tour directors, who are fluent in English, experienced, and fun.

All-inclusive

Caravan includes all activities listed in the tour itinerary page. Caravan does not sell any optional activities which can add hundreds of dollars to your tour price. Your free time is scheduled in great settings where there is no need to buy additional expensive activities.

Shopping Freedom

Caravan will not bring you to overpriced shops in exchange for payments. Caravan gives you ample opportunity and time for great shopping, and the freedom to choose where and when to shop.

Great Value, Book Early

Caravan’s strong buying power gives you great vacations at prices much lower than you can find anywhere. In a typical year, most of our tours sell out quickly. Book early for the date you prefer and the best air fare.

How does Caravan Tours sell these tours for such a low cost?

Caravan delivers volume to our suppliers, who in turn reward us with their very best prices. We in turn pass these savings on to you, and you reward us by buying our tours. As volume continues to rise, we then receive even better prices from our suppliers, and we pass even greater savings on to you. This year our tours are better than ever.

Trade Association Memberships

Caravan is a member of ASTA (American Society of Travel Advisors), NTA (National Tour Association), ABA (American Bus Association), CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), and ACMA (American Catalog Association).

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