Explore legendary Mayan ruins amid the dense cover of tropical jungle
Discover the ancient civilization of the Maya on this archaeology and nature adventure into the Guatemalan rainforest. Established as far back as 2000 B.C., Mayan cities reached their highest state of development from 250 to 900 A.D., making great advances in art, architecture, mathematics and astronomy, and producing the only fully developed written language in the pre-Columbian Americas. El Peten, the largest tropical forest in Central America, is the heartland of the Maya and contains extensive ruins. The crown jewel is Tikal, a sprawling complex of more than 3,000 structures. Countless additional ruins continue to lie shrouded in dense jungle overgrowth where tapirs, peccararies and jaguars roam, just as they did when the Maya ruled the region.
- Explore the vast ruins of Tikal, one of the most powerful kingdoms of the ancient Maya, on an expertly guided tour of its pre-Columbian monuments, temples and palaces
- Witness archaeological excavation and reconstruction at Yaxha, where ancient Mayan temples are re-emerging amid howler monkeys, toucans and myriad jungle wildlife
- Search for jungle wildlife and ancient ruins in the Maya Biosphere Reserve, a protected 5-million-acre forest that is home to jaguar, ocelot, puma and the scarlet macaw
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