Visiting the Mayan Ruins in Guatemala with Kids

Central American countries like Belize, Costa Rica and even Nicaragua are very accessible, especially for families. So it’s not surprising that many of my clients are shocked to learn that nearby Guatemala is NOT a very easy destination to explore. Here, the tourism infrastructure remains largely undeveloped. 
While the local culture is vibrant and colorful, hotels are pretty basic and it’s super important to work with a high quality guide and tour company on the ground (it’s definitely not a DIY destination).

However, if you are thinking about visiting the Mayan Ruins in Guatemala with kids, I have a new, wonderful option for you. This 2 night/ 3 day excursion from Belize is a fabulous way to experince the ruins, take an authentic look at Guatemalan culture and have a little adventure at the same time!

My partners on the ground in Guatemala operate an exclusive tented camp, located within the Uaxactun ruins and just a few miles away from the more well-known Tikal Mayan ruins. This tented camp, which sleeps only a maximum of 16 people at any one time, is hosted by Carlos Vivar, an award winning Guatemalan guide, together with his family who also live on site.

The Uaxactun Ruins are celestially oriented ruins that accurately pinpoint the sun when the seasons change, and having the exclusive privilege of sleeping here is truly a special experince. You’ll notice the extreme isolation and silence the moment you arrive. In fact, you will most likely be the only other travelers here. At dusk, climb a lookout tower for sunset drinks looking out over the ruins, followed by nighttime jungle exploration on your way back to camp.

Enjoy a lovely dinner by candlelight. Food is prepared on site by the family of Carlos, and is always a highlight for guests! They can accommodate any special diet, allergy or other food requests.

Here you’ll sleep in cozy tents perched on raised wooden platforms. Toilets and showers, both with running water, are located in a seperate building nearby.

The next morning, after an early breakfast head to Tikal National Park with a knowledgeable, English-speaking local guide. Here, some 3,000 ancient structures rise from the rainforest floor. Guest of camp have the opportunity to enter Tikal through the forest, an area most visitors never get to see. Not only will you enjoy a fascinating tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, but you’ll also experience the sights and sounds of tropical birds and animals, including howler and spider monkeys. Following in the footsteps of Maya royalty and commoners, you will visit the majestic Great Plaza and its Temple of the Jaguar (44 metres / 144 feet), Temple of the Masks (38m / 125ft), the Acropolis, and much more. Enjoy a picnic lunch and will have time afterwards, if you wish, to continue exploring this intriguing site before departing for a nearby luxury lodge for one more night in the Guatemalan jungle.

The combination of this exciting camping experience, taking in the Mayan Ruins and ending with a stay at a luxury lodge is a perfect way to experience Guatemala!

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