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Located in El Peten, Tikal is the crown jewel of Mayan ruins in Guatemala. Though it has many of the same beautiful temples as its well-known counterparts in Mexico, Tikal stands apart because of its location deep in the jungle. Trekking like Indiana Jones is not necessary, but the jungle setting is evident as you walk under a thick canopy to explore the plazas, pyramids, and temples of Tikal.

Settled around 700 BC, Tikal flourished during the Classic Period, between 200 and 900 AD. As the capital of a conquest state, it served as a center for trade and economy, growing to a population of almost 100,000 before its decline. Some of its more noteworthy characters include Jasaw Chan K'awiil I, also known as Au Cacao (Lord Chocolate!), who conquered the chief rival Mayan state of Calakmul around 695 AD.

Though local knowledge of the site continued, it was largely ignored by the government and outsiders until an 1848 expedition sent by the Guatemalan government. Tikal slowly gained momentum as foreigners and explorers ventured in the jungle around El Peten, and in 1956 the University of Pennsylvania began to partner with the Instituto de Antropologia y Historia in Guatemala.

Modern-day visitors are in for a treat. An easy day trip from Flores or El Remate, Tikal is accessible for many visitors. Though most visitors come in the middle of the day, the best time to visit is early morning or in the evening - when the jungle is coolest and the crowds thinnest. Sights not to be missed include the Temple of the Grand Jaguar, Northern Acropolis, and Temple of Inscriptions.

Practical Info

This is one of the top tourist attractions in Central America, so while roads are good and buses from Flores and Belize are numerous and punctual, several tour groups will have arrived by late morning. Come early to enjoy solitude and wildlife. Park hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and anyone caught sneaking around afterward risks spending quality time in a Guatemalan jail. The museum costs Q10 extra and is worth it, while souvenirs and snacks are available onsite. There are camping and lodging options just outside the park.

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Tikal Day Trip by Air from Guatemala City with Lunch, Guatemala City, null
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Tikal Day Trip by Air from Guatemala City with Lunch

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Take an exciting air tour from Guatemala City to discover the beauty and ancient history of the Mayan ruins of Tikal! After a scenic flight to Tikal, spend a ...  Read more

Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)

From USD $339.99
Tikal Day Trip by Air from Antigua with Lunch, Antigua, Day Trips
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Tikal Day Trip by Air from Antigua with Lunch

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Discover the beauty and ancient history of the Mayan ruins of Tikal on this air tour from Antigua! Enjoy a scenic flight to Tikal and spend the day exploring ...  Read more

Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Duration: 16 hours (approx.)

From USD $369.99
Tikal Day Trip from San Ignacio, San Ignacio, Day Trips
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Tikal Day Trip from San Ignacio

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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, Flores, Archaeology Tours
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Tikal Day Tour

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Tikal (Tik’al in modern Mayan orthography) is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centers of the Pre-Columbian Maya civilization. It is located ...  Read more

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

From USD $70.00
Private Tikal Maya City Tour Including Lunch, San Ignacio, Day Trips
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Private Tikal Maya City Tour Including Lunch

Tikal or “Place of Voices” was the largest city of the Maya Classic Period with a population estimated to have been over 90,000 at its peak. An early ...  Read more

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

From USD $225.00
Day Trip to Tikal Maya Ruins Including Lunch, San Ignacio, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Day Trip to Tikal Maya Ruins Including Lunch

Tikal is an ancient metropolis just a short distance across the border in Guatemala. Enjoy the spectacular temples and sprawling archaeological site with your ...  Read more

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

From USD $175.00
Day Trip Tikal National Park from Flores, Flores, Day Trips
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Day Trip Tikal National Park from Flores

It is located in the heart of the Mayan Biosphere Reserve and was declared Natural and Cultural Heritage Historic by UNESCO as one of only three sites of this ...  Read more

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

From USD $25.00
Day Trip to Tikal from Guatemala City, Guatemala City, Day Trips
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Day Trip to Tikal from Guatemala City

Take a short flight from Guatemala City and enjoy a day exploring the Mayan City of Tikal with a professional guide. After a delicious lunch at a local park, ...  Read more

Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Duration: Flexible

From USD $388.00
Tikal Maya Ruins Full Day Tour from Guatemala City, Guatemala City, Day Trips
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Tikal Maya Ruins Full Day Tour from Guatemala City

Discover one of Maya's most incredible architectural site. Tikal has been of the main political center during the precolonial era and is a must see while ...  Read more

Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $339.99
Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Hubiku Cenote Combo Tour, Playa del Carmen, Archaeology Tours
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Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Hubiku Cenote Combo Tour

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Enjoy two guided tours plus a visit to a cenote in this great combo from Playa del Carmen. You'll visit the archaeological site of Chichen Itza, then swim at ...  Read more

Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.00

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