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Uaxactún Jungle Camp, Tikal National Park

Spend the night at a Mayan ruin, surrounded by jungle with only the stars and howler monkeys for company. Uaxactún is one of the oldest and longest occupied archaeological sites in Guatemala and from the camp you have unprecedented access.

Just outside the Tikal National Park is the village and ruins of Uaxactún. The camp was setup by the local community and offers guests an exclusive opportunity to stay (almost!) within a Mayan ruin. You will arrive into Flores and travel through the jungle to the village. At dusk, you’ll climb a lookout tower for sunset drinks, followed by a delicious, locally made dinner before overnighting in the jungle camp.

The camp itself is clean and simple. Tents have been erected on wooden platforms, to stop heavy rain or insects disturbing your sleep. They have electricity and two single beds and there is a separate communal shower and toilet area. 

Just before dawn you can explore the ruins of Uaxactún with your local guide from the community. Enjoy the sunrise from one of the temples and listen to howler monkeys and other wildlife as they begin to stir. Unlike other archaeological sites in the world, you have the place virtually to yourself.

After a traditional breakfast and a chance to learn more about the local community, you will be taken on a guided tour of Tikal. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to over 3,000 ancient structures, the ruins are some of the most impressive in Central America. With your guide you will visit the majestic Great Plaza and its Temple of the Jaguar (44 metres / 144 feet) and much more. 

Note: Stays at Uaxactún Jungle Camp can be one or two nights, but depending on flight connections may require a night in Flores before or after. Activities from the camp and their order is subject to change depending on your itinerary.

Uaxactún Jungle Camp, at a glance

  • Tented jungle camp besides the Mayan ruins of Uaxactún
  • Private tents with beds and electricity
  • Shared bathrooms and showers
  • A community venture, with proceeds going directly to the village
  • Hearty local food, produced by one of the families from the area
  • 45 minutes by road from the Tikal National Park
  • A unique experience offering the chance to stay at a Mayan temple

For leisure and pleasure

  • Next to the lesser known (but still very impressive) archaeological site of Uaxactún
  • Early risers won't be disappointed on a sunrise tour of Uaxactún and its temples
  • Observe the tropical birds and wildlife of the Petén jungle, including spider monkeys and toucans
  • Learn about life in the jungle from the local community who setup the camp
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tikal
  • Experience wonderful views of the forest canopy from the top of the lookout tower
  • Keep an eye out for jaguars (they are common in this area!)

  • Gemma took on board all I asked for and arranged a fantastic itinerary. She was always prompt and professional both in planning the holiday and during the very circumstances of Covid. We would not hesitate to come back to The Ultimate Travel Company.

    TS, August 2020