Guatemala: El Zotz Jungle And Cave Tour
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Keteka is a marketplace where travelers can book unique, authentic tours and activities with validated local guides. While serving in the Peace Corps in rural Panama, the founders were working on community tourism projects and realized that they wanted to create a better way to connect purposeful travelers with authentic, local experiences. "Keteka" is an indigenous Panamanian word that means "to get close to" and that's our goal, to bring you closer to your destination's culture, food, people, and natural environment.
For The Adventurous And Spirited, Take A Journey Through Dense Forests And See The Bats Of El Zotz In A 3 Day Tour.
Embark through El Zotz, a Mesoamerican Archaeological site of the pre-Colombian Mayan Civilization. A beautiful protected area with a number of species of bats living in the caves and nearby cliffs.
07:30 am. Arrive at Cruces Dos Aguadas 65 kms from Flores. We will begin our journey at Cruces and a local guide will prepare the pack horses for you.
08:00 am. A 4-hour trail to El Zotz along a windy road with dense trees and spider monkeys. We will walk through Jungle towards El Zotz.
12:30 pm. Boxed lunch
1:30 pm. Trek through the Biotope.
5:30 pm. Arrival at camp site near a patrol station.
Observe the thousands of bats leaving their cave dwellings for a night of foraging. We will be able to see bat falcons and various other species flying and diving into streams hunting for bats during this time.
The bats make for an incredible and exciting experience, fully charged with the vitality of nature.
Evening Dinner is a hearty meal – including fresh, hot tortillas – prepared by local guides. End your evening by conversing with locals and getting to know their culture.
06:30 am. Begin the day with breakfast and explore nearby archaeological sites, surveying its plazas and jungle covered mounds. We will then proceed to climb the tallest mound, the Devil’s Pyramid which provides a glimpse of the summits of Tikal temples, 23km to the East.
07:00 am – 12:00 pm. Journey to El Yesal, a small jungle camp located deep in the heart of the forest between Tikal and Zotz.
3:30 pm. Trek and arrive at Yesal. The camp will include bungalows with thatched roofs with hammocks and mosquito nets. After setting camp, we will head for a view of the forest and temples of Tikal.
6:30 pm. El Yesal Dinner.
06:30 am. Breakfast in El Yesal.
07:00 am. Break camp and head off for the final trek through a dense forest. No pack horses are available during the final trek.
Noon: Lunch in the rain forest.
2:00 pm. Arrival at Temple IV in the west.
If you wish to spend the night in Tikal, arrangements can be made.