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  • Address: Tikal
  • Hours: 6am-6pm
Arguably the most important, architecturally advanced, and aesthetically impressive urban center in the Mayan world, Tikal is Central America’s preeminent UNESCO World Heritage Site and probably the reason why you are here.

Founded at least 2500 years ago, this Mesoamerican capital boasts some 3000 structures arranged with astronomical precision across 16 square kilometers (6.2 square miles). Home to more than 100,000 people at its peak, Tikal’s engineers left behind system of reservoirs that is still operational, while its scribes kept diligent records of rulers, wars, religion, and trade that make this the best documented ancient city in the Americas.

Wandering through the ruins on your own, with its accessible temple pyramids and troupes of fearless wildlife—including monkeys, parrots, toucans, and long-tailed coatis eager to share your picnic lunch—is rewarding. It’s well worth investing in a guide, however, who will help translate the dramatically carved stellae, altars, tombs, palaces, and pyramids, into an exceptional and informative historical tour.

Practical Info

This is one of the top tourist attractions in Central America. Roads are good, buses from Flores and Belize are numerous and punctual, and several tour groups will have arrived by late morning. Come early to enjoy solitude and wildlife. The museum costs Q10 extra, and is worth it. Souvenirs and snacks are available onsite.

Park hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and anyone caught sneaking around afterward risks spending quality time in a Guatemalan jail. There are camping and lodging options just outside the park.

Tours & Tickets

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Tikal Day Trip from San Ignacio

Take a day trip from San Ignacio to the Mayan ruins of Tikal, located in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tikal National Park (Parque Nacional Tikal). A ...  Read more

Location: San Ignacio, Belize
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $149.99

Tikal Day Tour from Flores

This full-day tour of Tikal offers the opportunity to see one of Guatemala's most amazing archeological sites. Visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tikal ...  Read more

Location: Flores, Guatemala
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.99

2-Day Mayan Ruins Tour of Tikal and Yaxha from Flores

Discover excavated Mayan ruins in UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tikal National Park (Parque Nacional Tikal) and Yaxha on this 2-day tour from Flores. An ...  Read more

Location: Flores, Guatemala
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $241.99

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