Tikal National Park is known for its stunning Mayan temples, and also for its abundant and exciting wildlife. Observe parrots, toucans, guans and oropendulas flying over the canopy and monkeys cavorting in the awakening rain forest. Over 285 species of birds have been identified here including toucans, hawks, motmots and parrots. Frequently seen are Howler and Spider monkeys, coati, peccary and deer. The elusive jaguar and ocelot also survive in this pristine rain forest habitat. Strike out with your guide to investigate of the ancient ruins of this Classic Maya site which at its height supported a population upwards of 100,000 individuals residing over a 25-square-mile area. A local Maya guide will illuminate the archaeology and culture of Tikal as you explore pyramids soaring above the jungle canopy and innumerable multi-leveled palaces, ball courts, plazas, temples, terraces, shrines and carvings. As you eat lunch with your guide, reflect on this ancient culture and the sheer immensity of this famous Mayan city- state. This afternoon we’ll transfer across Lake Petén Itza to the beautifully tranquil Ni’tun Ecolodge.