the Cradle of Maya

Petén, Guatemala

Jan 21 - 28, 2023
Group size: 4 - 14
the Cradle of Maya
Petén, Guatemala

Jan 21 - 28, 2023
Group size: 4 - 14

About this trip

**Scroll below to explore the itinerary 

Arriving at Mundo Maya International Airport in Flores, Guatemala, your Naturally Smart Host will be waiting to greet you as you exit the airport doors. Our first stop is the island of Flores, the crown jewel of Lake Peten Itza, just a 15-minute ride away.

Once settled into our hotel, we'll take a quick siesta before enjoying our Bienvenidos Dinner at one of the most celebrated restaurants in town. With an eclectic menu, inventive cocktails, and an outdoor terrace to welcome the night.

After an early breakfast, we'll begin our trek to Carmelita to begin our 5-day jungle trek. Along the way, we'll learn about Mayan history and cosmology, understand life in the jungle, and explore several unearthed ruins leading to El Mirador.

Finally, our trip will conclude by returning to Flores for a night on the town before heading to Tikal National Park. There, we'll take the sunrise tour to hear the jungle awaken before celebrating our epic journey during a very special Feliz Viaje dinner.

About our Jungle Hike

Each day of our journey ensures a blend of anthropological study, traveling and hiking through the Petén region, viewing wildlife, and rest over a 25-mile loop

During our Jungle Hike, guests will be provided

  • Meals and snacks 
  • A mule for transporting belongings up to 25lbs
  • Room (4 nights camping/3 in hotel)

Other highly notable points

  • There will be no wifi or cell service available 
  • The level of activity is considered challenging 

*a full list of suggestions will be sent in advance so guests can prepare well 

What’s included

  • 7 Nights Accommodation
    7 nights Hotel Stay
  • Private Transportation
    We coordinate transportation throughout your journey with carefully vetted and trusted drivers on land and captains by water.
  • Meals & Dining
    From welcome dinner to our “Feliz Viaje!” celebration, we’ll enjoy authentic Guatemalan fare, as well as cross-cultural staples.
  • 24/7 Tour Guide & Host
    Spanish being the official national language, your local tour guide will accompany you every step of the way, while your host ensures a smooth experience behind the scenes.
  • Local Fees & Gratuities
    Our Naturally Smart team coordinates and facilitates payments for all local fees and gratuities, so your only priority is living your best impact life abroad.
  • Scholarship Contribution
    A portion of every trip contributes to scholarships for Guatemalan primary school and university students.
  • Carbon Offset
    We calculate the total carbon emissions for the trip and purchase carbon credits to offset them.
    Guests arrive to a collection of locally-sourced goodies that will serve them along the adventure.
  • Airfare
    International airfare not included
  • Alcoholic Beverages
    Alcoholic beverages are not included in this package
  • Tips
    For guides, drivers, or captains
  • Travel Insurance
    We encourage you to purchase travel insurance.

Available Packages

Single Occupancy
Available until December 22, 20228 left

For the solo traveler and includes private accommodations with a single or double bed.

Deposit: $450
Double Occupancy
Available until December 22, 20226 left

For the travel duo enjoying private accommodations with 2 double beds or 1 queen size. 

Deposit: $450


Day 1
Bienvenidos a Guatemala!

Once arrived at the airport, one of our trusted drivers will be waiting just outside the airport doors to sweep you away to the island of Flores. In Flores, we’ll settle into our hotel and take a tour of the town. 

Guests who need to visit the ATM or other vendors,  simply let your guide know and they'll offer assistance. Should you arrive early in the morning and would like us to coordinate a day of exploration, let us know and we will make it happen! 

After a quick siesta, we will enjoy a welcome happy hour before indulging in the delicious menu of a local favorite with scenic views of the town. Meanwhile, you will meet your guide and host, as well as mingle with fellow travelers

Your host will also share more about the week ahead and review itinerary details.

Your Organizer

Naturally Smart Travel
Naturally Smart Travel coordinates sustainable group and private impact tours to create culturally immersive experiences throughout Guatemala. With our unique recipe for blending culture, low or high impact excursions, and community empowerment into every trip, we inspire opportunities for both conscious guests and social or environmental enterprises to thrive. Join us to explore the Land of Eternal Spring (Guatemala) and add purpose to your next travel experience!