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Tikal Ruins
Once a powerful seat of the Mayan empire, Tikal is now the most famous archeological site in Guatemala and one of the most-visited sets of Mayan ruins in all of Latin America. The UNESCO World Heritage Site, consisting of temples, plazas, and pyramids, was first settled around 700 BC, and modern visitors still get swept away by their beauty and powerful aura.

The Basics
Tikal stands apart from other sites of Mayan ruins due to its location deep in the jungle and its easy access, as the roads leading to one of the most popular attractions in Central America are well-maintained. Guided tours make it seamless to visit the ruins on a bus, shuttle, or airplane from as near as Flores or as far as Antigua and Guatemala City, or across the border from San Ignacio, Belize—even on a day trip. Those who want to stay longer can take an overnight tour or book a hostel or campground for the night, which gives opportunity to watch the sunrise from the top of an ancient pyramid.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • It’s best to book a tour with round-trip transportation or plan to stay the night as Tikal is in a somewhat remote location.
  • Some of the not-to-miss highlights include Temple of the Grand Jaguar, Northern Acropolis, and Temple of Inscriptions.
  • Visitors can explore an onsite museum to learn more about the ruins’ history and rediscovery.
  • Lodging and camping are available outside the park.

How to Get There
As one of the most popular attractions in the region, Tikal is easy to access. The ruins are located in El Peten, and regular shuttles run from Guatemala City, Antigua, Lake Atitlan, and Belize. Flights help you make the most of your time, as the shuttle rides can last upwards of 12 hours.
Many guided tours include worry-free transportation.

When to Get There
Visit during the rainy season, generally May through October, for the fewest crowds (though come prepared with rain gear). Park hours are 6am to 6pm and are strictly enforced.

Lord of Chocolate
As the capital of a conquest state, Tikal 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.
Address: Petén, Guatemala
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Tikal Day Trip with Local Lunch from San IgnacioArchaeology Tours

Tikal Day Trip with Local Lunch from San Ignacio

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Visit the incredible ancient city of Tikal on this day trip from San Ignacio. Once a powerful city center during the Mayan period, today Tikal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that draws scores of visitors each year. Your professional guide takes you across the border into Tikal National Park in Guatemala, and leads you on a fascinating tour of the archaeological complex. Round-trip transport from your San Ignacio hotel and all park fees are included.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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Tikal Day TourHistorical & Heritage Tours

Tikal Day Tour

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Discover the ancient Maya civilization during this unforgettable 7-hour visit to Tikal, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the culture’s most important urban centers. Spend your trip visiting Tikal’s most impressive structures like Temple IV, The Central Acropolis, Complex Q and many more, learning about the building techniques and history of this vibrant people from your guide. Your Tikal visit also includes site entrance fees, lunch, a guide and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 8 hours
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Tikal Sunrise Tour in Small Group from FloresFull-day Tours

Tikal Sunrise Tour in Small Group from Flores

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Small group of maximum 9 people, premium tour visiting the best spots to photograph the monuments.Guaranteed departure, we operate only with 1 passenger without additional charges and if we go over 9 people, we make 2 groups.Extensive tour, with enough time and flexibility, excellent for photographers.Entry fees are not included but available in advance, we pay those for you if you want, just send us a list of names, last names and ages.Excellent English-Spanish bilingual guide with deep knowledge of local history, flora and fauna and with service attitude to give a meaning to each monument visited.Enough food included: coffee to wake up, bottles of water, Mayan breakfast to go and lunch at Restaurante del Parque (gluten-free and vegan options)
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  • 10 hours 15 minutes
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Tikal Sunset Tour in Small Group from El RemateDay Trips

Tikal Sunset Tour in Small Group from El Remate

Small group of maximum 9 people, premium tour visiting the best spots to photograph the monumentsGuaranteed departure, we operate only with 1 passenger without additional charges and if we go over 9 people, we make 2 groupsExtensive tour, with enough time and flexibility, excellent for photographersEntry fees available in advance, we pay those for you, just send us a list of names, last names and agesExcellent English-Spanish bilingual guide with deep knowledge of local history, flora and fauna and with service attitude to give a meaning to each monument visitedBottles of water, lunch at Restaurante del Parque included (gluten-free and vegan options)
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  • 9 hours
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Tikal Sunrise Tour from El Remate in Small GroupDay Trips

Tikal Sunrise Tour from El Remate in Small Group

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Small group of maximum 9 people, premium tour visiting the best spots to photograph the monuments.Guaranteed departure, we operate only with 1 passenger without additional charges and if we go over 9 people, we make 2 groups.Extensive tour, with enough time and flexibility, excellent for photographers.Entry fees are not included but available in advance, we pay those for you if you want, just send us a list of names, last names and ages.Excellent English-Spanish bilingual guide with deep knowledge of local history, flora and fauna and with service attitude to give a meaning to each monument visited.Enough food included: coffee to wake up, bottles of water, Mayan breakfast to go and lunch at Restaurante del Parque (gluten-free and vegan options)
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  • 9 hours 15 minutes
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Tikal Sunset Tour from Flores in Small GroupDay Trips

Tikal Sunset Tour from Flores in Small Group

Small group of maximum 9 people, premium tour visiting the best spots to photograph the monumentsGuaranteed departure, we operate only with 1 passenger without additional charges and if we go over 9 people, we make 2 groupsExtensive tour, with enough time and flexibility, excellent for photographersEntry fees available in advance, we pay those for you, just send us a list of names, last names and agesExcellent English-Spanish bilingual guide with deep knowledge of local history, flora and fauna and with service attitude to give a meaning to each monument visitedBottles of water, lunch at Restaurante del Parque included (gluten-free and vegan options)
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  • 10 hours
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Tikal Sunrise Tour from hotels in San Ignacio in Small GroupDay Trips

Tikal Sunrise Tour from hotels in San Ignacio in Small Group

Small group of maximum 9 people, premium tour visiting the best spots to photograph the monuments.Guaranteed departure, we operate only with 1 passenger without additional charges and if we go over 9 people, we make 2 groups.Extensive tour, with enough time and flexibility, excellent for photographers.Entry fees are not included but available in advance, we pay those for you if you want, just send us a list of names, last names and ages.Excellent English-Spanish bilingual guide with deep knowledge of local history, flora and fauna and with service attitude to give a meaning to each monument visited.Enough food included: coffee to wake up, bottles of water, Mayan breakfast to go and lunch at Restaurante del Parque (gluten-free and vegan options)
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  • 12 hours 30 minutes
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  • 12 hours 30 minutes
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Tikal Sunrise Small Group Tour from hotels in TikalDay Trips

Tikal Sunrise Small Group Tour from hotels in Tikal

Small group of maximum 9 people, premium tour visiting the best spots to photograph the monuments.Guaranteed departure, we operate only with 1 passenger without additional charges and if we go over 9 people, we make 2 groups.Extensive tour, with enough time and flexibility, excellent for photographers.Entry fees are not included but available in advance, we pay those for you if you want, just send us a list of names, last names and ages.Excellent English-Spanish bilingual guide with deep knowledge of local history, flora and fauna and with service attitude to give a meaning to each monument visited.Enough food included: coffee to wake up, bottles of water, Mayan breakfast to go and lunch at Restaurante del Parque (gluten-free and vegan options)
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  • 7 hours 5 minutes
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Tikal Sunset Tour from San Ignacio in Small GroupDay Trips

Tikal Sunset Tour from San Ignacio in Small Group

Small group of maximum 9 people, premium tour visiting the best spots to photograph the monumentsGuaranteed departure, we operate only with 1 passenger without additional charges and if we go over 9 people, we make 2 groupsExtensive tour, with enough time and flexibility, excellent for photographersEntry fees available in advance, we pay those for you, just send us a list of names, last names and agesExcellent English-Spanish bilingual guide with deep knowledge of local history, flora and fauna and with service attitude to give a meaning to each monument visitedBottles of water, lunch at Restaurante del Parque included (gluten-free and vegan options)
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  • 12 hours
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Tikal Sunset Tour from Tikal in Small GroupDay Trips

Tikal Sunset Tour from Tikal in Small Group

Small group of maximum 9 people, premium tour visiting the best spots to photograph the monumentsGuaranteed departure, we operate only with 1 passenger without additional charges and if we go over 9 people, we make 2 groupsExtensive tour, with enough time and flexibility, excellent for photographersEntry fees available in advance, we pay those for you, just send us a list of names, last names and agesExcellent English-Spanish bilingual guide with deep knowledge of local history, flora and fauna and with service attitude to give a meaning to each monument visitedBottles of water, lunch at Restaurante del Parque included (gluten-free and vegan options)
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  • 7 hours 5 minutes
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Day Trip to Tikal from FloresArchaeology Tours

Day Trip to Tikal from Flores

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The massive grounds and temple structures of Tikal are brought to life on a guided tour, which tells the stories behind this UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mayan ruin that you might otherwise miss. After pickup from your Flores hotel, visit top Tikal sites like the Great Plaza, Temple IV, and Lost World Complex before eating lunch and returning to your accommodation.
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Day Trip Tikal National Park from FloresDay Trips

Day Trip Tikal National Park from Flores

Uncover the mysteries of the ancient Mayas with a full-day tour of the Tikal archeological site from Flores. Venture into the UNESCO-listed Tikal National Park for a guided tour of the park’s Mayan ruins, including the fascinating Central Acropolis, the grand Temple II and the Lost World. Finish your adventure tucking into a 3-course lunch of typical Guatemalan cuisine. This small-group tour includes pick-up and drop-off from the Mundo Maya International Airport in Flores.
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  • 8 hours
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